I doubt it'll be in any of our lifetimes but do you think it is possible there will exist a day when religion is practically gone from society?
Forgive my quoting Wikipedia in this case but I think it's pretty safe to take for these statistics, and I also didn't know where else to look for information like this:
*Nonaffiliation (atheists, agnostics, humanists, and deists) in USA: Increased from 8.1% in 1990 up to 16.1% in 2008
*Europeans appear to be way ahead of the curve, as "Belief in a God" has dropped well below 50% of the population in many European countries.
Is it just me or is this a huge increase over a rather short period in the USA? I also think the actual percentages are much higher than that because most self-identified Christians that I know, in all honesty, don't know much about their own religion at all. They also never go to church or practice it in any way. I don't consider that being Christian. I think many people identify themselves as religious simply because their family identified them as religious and they don't care enough to say otherwise.
Assuming this rate is linear, Christianity will be for the most part extinct in the USA in 157 years or so. Knowing that this rate isn't linear, but rather exponential (as we put the word out there), it's going to be a lot sooner than that even. Of course this is a huge assumption as there are so many other factors to account for such religious extremists vs moderates, change in church policies, etc. I was just doing a quick brainstorm of the statistics so don't think too much into them.
The question still stands though: Do you think there will exist a day without religion? Do you think that maybe one religion will fall and another take its place (possibly Christianity falling and Islam rising)? What are your thoughts in general on this?
I am hopeful that everyone smartens up within the next 100 years but I know there are always going to be those who won't let it go, whether out of need of a god to provide comfort or out of ignorance of facts stemming from uneducation or out of total reliance on faith for answers, I don't think religious practice will ever be 100% gone.