dimanche 27 mai 2012

Lessons Learned: Religion and Demography

The world is getting more religious because religious people are having more babies.


"Many of us believe the ethos of society in a century will more closely resemble the ideas of Christopher Hitchens than those of Jerry Falwell. Yet we forget that most people get their religion the old-fashioned way: through birth. Demography is not destiny, but it is the most predictable of the social sciences. As the population of the world peaks and begins to decline later in this century, the strongly religious will stand against the tide. In so doing, they will remake societies and wash away many of our certainties about secularization, Enlightenment, and the End of History."

The Future Will Be More Religious and Conservative Than You Think by Eric Kaufmann. The American Magazine, Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

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