The topic in religion I’m most interested in is seldom discussed.
The link is an article right over home plate, all about what is happening in belief and nonbelief and speculation about why. The trouble is I need to read it several times to understand all of it.
He speculates there have been major turning points in religion’s popularity in the U. S. The 1700’s, when our Constitution was written, was perhaps the most secular time in our history. In the 1800’s religion again started it’s march.
But, during its march, the tug away and pull toward continued. Nonbelief has always been at a disadvantage because no one can tell “how it feels” the way a believer can. At the same time Darwin and science in general kept making the mystery pie for religion to explain smaller and smaller.
It was only about 20 years ago religion began to feel the outright hostility from nonbelief. Unknown is whether the personalities like Madalyn O’hair and the huge book sales caused the change or the change occurred and they were the result.
Many celebrities have explained their take on religion. Author John Updike said religion allows people to organize their imaginations and dreams and thus will forever be present. Putting unexplained things into the “God File” is a good explanation.
We may be at another important turning point away from religion. The link suggests our own physical comforts, births and surgeries without pain and such make us less desperate for escape from our reality.