Religion has a great future!
A cover story in the Economist a few weeks ago talks about how religion is becoming increasingly important in our modern world. Most of the articles (10 in all) on this subject discuss today’s politics and the violence resulting from people viewing issues through religious eyes. An important point made was that religion is on the rise in countries where it was once frowned upon:
Russia‘s secret police, the KGB, hounded religion: its successor, the FSB, has its own Orthodox church opposite its headquarters. In the Polish parliament the speaker crosses himself before taking his seat. Some of China’s technocrats think that Confucianism, which Mao condemned as “feudal”, is useful social glue in their fast-changing country. But they brutally repressed a Buddhist sect, the Falun Gong, and they are worried that Christian churchgoers may already outnumber Communist Party members.
There is also an article on how mixing religion and politics is fermenting trouble in India.
There were two other things that struck me in these articles. One was that it’s the more extreme religious sects that are rising rapidly.
The second thing was that Hinduism will eventually decline, just as soon as our population stabilizes. Take a look at this chart:
I had written a post on how hard it can be for converts to be accepted in Hinduism but as we all know Hinduism will not proliferate mainly because it is not a proselytizing religion. I guess the only reason for the increase in the number of Hindus is the increase in our population. Once our population starts to stabilize, so will the number of Hindus. Both Christianity and Islam will grow rapidly. Interestingly, Christianity is spreading in China. Read this:
…the number of Christians in China rose from below 10m in 1900 to 400m in 2000. Officially, the Chinese government admits to 23m Christians within its borders, but it counts only churches that register with the authorities, and the real figure is probably around three times as high. Most Christians prefer private “house churches”. China even has two Catholic churches, one official and one underground.
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