Posted by Abdul Alim
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.
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.