Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.

A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no afterlife and no divine plan. And it’s an outlook that could be gaining momentum – despite its lack of cheer. In some countries, openly acknowledged atheism has never been more popular.


“There’s absolutely more atheists around today than ever before, both in sheer numbers and as a percentage of humanity,” says Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and author of Living the Secular Life. According to a Gallup International survey of more than 50,000 people in 57 countries, the number of individuals claiming to be religious fell from 77% to 68% between 2005 and 2011, while those who self-identified as atheist rose by 3% – bringing the world’s estimated proportion of adamant non-believers to 13%.



3 replies

  1. God forbid… the way people are trying to portray Religion apparently it seems so. Suppose if Religion leaves would the world become trouble free??? NO.Absolutely not. Human will even indulge in fight in space. Ever heard of “Star wars”. 🙂
    If not Religion some other aspect of disturbance will take over. It is human nature to create or find troubles.

    Whereas in fact Religion will never leave. God is very much there and capable to protect His true teachings.

    But yes at the same time there is a fact. The fact that is narrated in a Hadith, that doom will happen on the wicked people. People will become very wicked.

    The Promised Messiah foretold about the Unrest and blood shed that will start from Syria. And this has already begun. God have Mercy.Amen. He also said only those will be saved that loved God. Insha’Allah

  2. It is very difficult to predict about the human trend about religion. The believers and the atheist both will give contrasting views. The question will remain contentious for some of the following possible reasons.

    1) Religion satisfies one’s inner self. Its approach is very direct and arouses hope. It is answer to the emptiness in the life which is partially or completely filled due to believe in God. Who wants to leave hopes?
    2) The believe in Life after death works as guide for doing good. It is not the only reason but a very common and long believed one.
    3) Expecting a reward (tangible or in tangible) is human nature. God does not only punish but also promises to reward.
    4) Age of formal religions is around five to six thousand years. It is hard to believe that man will disassociate with such a long history.
    5) Religions have blended them with the cultures and created institutions with are as strong as any other human invention. They are not easy to root out.

    6) Atheism is not a religion or an organized institution.It cannot fill the space if religion vacates any. Atheism is a sort of intellectual apathy about the “Ultimate Cause”.Those who practically walk in the atheist camp,seldom act in favor of it.Its active proponents will remain a minority.

    7) Last but not the least, if you already believe in God then how can God be defeated?

  3. Writing about God and no God discussions (debates), the promised Messiah had sent registered letters to many learned people during his life time, that was in years 1890 to 1908. He challenged every one to come and see the proof of God Almighty.
    Nobody came forward at that time. The Muslims have a Kalimah (Creed?) i.e. the most meaningful sentence, “Laa Ilaha Illa Allah”. It means There is no God. That is where the atheists stop. That is their full stop. But the complete sentence says “There is no God except Allah.”
    The second part says that there is a God, that is Allah.
    The first part is sort of hopelessness. The second part is full of hope.
    Then there is another important part which tells us that Muhammad is a messenger of Allah.

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