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The religion of an increasingly godless America

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A generation ago, most people outside of evangelical Christian circles had never heard of things like “megachurches” or “the Rapture”, but now even people living in the most secularist urban enclaves are familiar with these concepts, if still less than approving. Americans seem not just more religious, but more drawn to reactionary religion than ever before.

That is, until you start to dig into the actual facts. If you poll actual Americans, you’ll find that the trend is not towards more religiosity, but towards less. Much less, in fact. Recent research from the Pew Research Center on politics and generational differences shows that interest in religion is actually declining from one generation to the next, and not only that, but interest in mixing religion and politics is on the decline.

Editor’s note:

This sounds eerily similar to what is happening in many countries including especially in Pakistan. Separation of state and religion, while welcome, can and does create a vacuum in values sphere. Reactionary rightist groups wish to fill this sphere with more and more irrational religious beliefs.  One could already see that there is a dire need for a rational well reasoned religious belief structure to stand up to both atheism and reactionary right. Only Ahmadiyya Islam offers that choice.

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/11/24/the-religion-of-an-increasingly-godless-america/

Posted by on November 27, 2011. Filed under Ahmadiyyat: True Islam,Americas,Atheism,Islam: A Religion of Peace,United States. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to The religion of an increasingly godless America

  1. Zia H. Shah

    November 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Dear Dr. Abdul Alim thanks for posting this.

    I particularly liked two ideas from the article:

    The research also found that more than one in four Millennials have no religious affiliation at all, the largest of any generation, though only by a small margin, as one in five Gen Xers is also irreligious. The percentage of unaffiliated Americans has grown gradually over the generations, but with the Millennials, we’re seeing a new trend emerge. There is now a large group of Americans who have a faith, but separate it from public life, keeping it in the private sphere.

    The more that religion can be pushed off into the realm of private practice and out of the public square, the better for public discourse, as we can dispense with the God talk and move on to reality-based discussions about what we want and how we can get it. The Millennials have the right idea when it comes to dismissing the belief that religion somehow improves politics. Now we just have to wait for the religious right to finish with their temper tantrum over this, and then we can move on to the future.