Religion in the 21st Century

Source: Huff Post, by Akash Arasu.

Recent times have seen an increasing trend in non-affiliation to religion in many parts of the world — in the United States there’s been an increase of nearly 5 percentage points in the past five years. Coupled with this, there has been an increase in atheismdubbed “New Atheism,”championed by science enthusiasts like Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. Given this rising non-religious trend, perhaps religion’s place in the modern world can be questioned.

This is precisely what the Open Forum in Davos — the more publicly accessible version of the World Economic Forum — chose to do. A panel discussion titled “Is Religion Outdated in the 21st century?” comprised of a Benedictine monk, a rabbi, a Jewish entrepreneur, a Buddhist monk, a nun of the Catholic health association and a professor of physics (theoretical and astrophysics).

Religion has always been a broad topic. Rather than simply being two sides of the same coin, a discussion on religion is an octagonal die, loaded with biases, experiences and deeply rooted beliefs. Add to this the inherently subjective nature of religion, and you’ve got a piece controversial enough for some to admonish and others to re-tweet. Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” never sounded more relevant. That being said, we turn now to the discussion.


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