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Anonymous asked: What do you predict for the future world in terms of religion? Not what you hope to happen but what you realistically think will happen. I have a feeling that Islam will outrank Christianity in the future for most popular religion. And I think Islam will have it's rise worldwide in the same way Christianity did long ago. I think they will switch roles pretty much. Meanwhile other religions like Judaism, hinduism, etc. will stay relatively the same.
I think in the near future we will continue to see a growth in Islam in many of the less prosperous areas of the world. I think that we will continue to see a strong push from Islam in to governments throughout the world which will help them to not only maintain but continue to grow their numbers. I do think there will still be continual conflict between Christians and Muslims on many levels and can only hope that the violence does not continue to escalate as well. I do honestly think that if we destroy ourselves in some massive war effort that religion will play a heavy underlying factor in it.
I think that Catholicism will continue to shrink further and further at an even greater rate than what we’ve seen recently. The way the numbers are reported is usually spun to look like a positive for Catholicism but I think very few people would realistically dispute that Catholics are running away from the church in massive numbers. They still maintain a strong hold on central and South America and those will likely be the last places Catholicism still flourishes as it continues to recede in other areas of the world. Catholicism will continue to linger and struggle to hold influence for a long time but I think it is inevitably loosing its grip on the majority of the world.
General Christianity will still continue to linger but likely in ever shrinking numbers. More and more people are walking away from religion but many people attempt to be creative in “reinventing” Christianity to a new generation. People like Mark Driscoll will do anything and everything including lie in order to try and make Christianity seem “cool”. The only way Christianity will gain is if there is another large scale scare that drives people to religion like we saw around the early 1900’s. In the late 1800’s people though religion was on its way out but for the United States all it took was the scare of commie Atheists or of even being thought of as a secret commie Atheist to restrengthen Christianity.
As for other religions I think we will continue to see small peaks and valleys. America had a surge of interest in Eastern religions within the past 20 years and as a result we saw a surge of “Buddhists”. Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and other smaller formerly regional religions have had the chance to spread to other parts of the world and with the internet we all have more access to information on these subjects. With that we may small pockets of people identifying as one of those religions pop up in other areas of the world but I don’t think that one of them will have a real surge in followers, they will likely always languish far behind the big 2 until religion is an antiquated notion.