“Very few societies are more religious today than they were 40 or 50 years ago. The only exception might be Iran, but that’s tricky because secular people might be hiding their beliefs.”
Age may also be a factor in the rise of atheism. A Gallup pollshowed that 32-percent of adults under 30 in America have no religious affiliation. Only 9-percent of adults over 65 don’t have a religious affiliation.
These countries, in particular, are facing a huge rise in their atheist population: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
Richard Wiener of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the University of Arizona had this to say about it:
“In a large number of modern secular democracies, there’s been a trend that folk are identifying themselves as non-affiliated with religion; in the Netherlands the number was 40%, and the highest we saw was in the Czech Republic, where the number was 60%.”
Globally, Christianity has around 1.2 billion adherents. There are 1.1 billion people who call themselves non-religious.
Here in America, the Pew Foundation found that the number of Christians in this country has gone down. It was 78.4-percent in 2007; now, it’s 70.6-percent.
The distribution of Christians looks something like this:
Americas: 804 million
Europe: 566 million
Sub-Saharan Africa: 516 million
Asia-Pacific: 285 million
Middle East-North Africa: 13 million
Source: Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, estimates for 2010
This is very promising. I would like to see the atheist population rise more in this country, or at least, I would love to see the evangelicals shut up.