What People Believe Does Not Come From the Bible, It Comes from Demographics.

I think every rational religious person would agree most people follow the religion of their parents.  There are cases in the U. S. where a child rejects the god of his/her parents and latches on to another, but usually the child willl stay within Christianity.  If parents had been Hindu, it would be the same.  And we could name others.

But, the influence of demographics does not end with choosing a god.  It also influences with brand of Christianity is followed.  Protestant Christianity’s history has been one of denominations.  These denominations split into further variations, but they remained denominations nevertheless.

Now, the very concept of denominations is under stress.  Again, the reason is demographics.

In rural America, it was not that easy to change denominations.  One was born into a location where there was limited choice in denominations and had a cultural linage that steered him/her toward the church of the parents.

As the march of rural to urban migration continued, those two forces became less and less important to each generation.  There were churches in the neighborhood, but it was easy to chose one across town.  Loyalty has decreased, jumping from church to church has increased.

On top of that there is the charity call in the urban area.   If one finds a spiritual satisfaction in such charity work, it does not matter which denomination is chosen, the mission will be identical.

The demographics of urbanization have reduced the importance of denominations.

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/07/church-in-the-metropolis

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I am a former President of the Red River Freethinkers in Fargo, ND, a retired NDSU economics professor and was Mayor of Fargo for 16 years.
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One Response to What People Believe Does Not Come From the Bible, It Comes from Demographics.

  1. entech says:

    One would think that as there is only one creator of everything and he dictated/inspired/wrote, or whatever, the Bible there would not be much room for interpretation and the split into denominations. Also as his masterwork he would not have allowed any variation to creep in. If the interpretation of his conspired word comes to different people through revelation why does he reveal different things to different people. Finally why didn’t he write in nice plain unambiguous language.
    :?: one question mark for all above and all I forget to include. Just why would he demand so much and make it all so difficult.

    Oops, I forgot, before you can get your proof you have to already believe :?
    Bit like going to bank to borrow money, much easier if you don’t actually need the money. :)

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