What other religions died out as big as Christianity? The Abrahamic religions have never died out as far as I know. The world is never going to turn Atheist by majority. People need religion, and they're not going to start making up new ones, especially the ones that offer so much bigotry for them.
The Catholic Church, an institution, will probably be relegated to third world countries though.
44% attendance for the US seems really high. I think if actual attendance figures were used rather than survey results the number would be considerably lower.
Will OP ever topple over from his computer after posting non-stop, obsessive threads about a faith he obviously hates yet is so obsessed by, he simply can't help it but to make a complete nuisance of himself here?
Well? Will he?
Go back to freakrepublic, R5, and jerk yourself off to Ricky Perry and Michelle Bachmann.
It's not really about church attendance. It's about identifying as Christians. I think certain Protestant denominations will die out, or combine with others, but I don't see Christianity dying out.
I think the Catholic Church is shrinking dramatically, but they cover a lot of real estate so they won't die out, and I believe that since they pander to the wealthy, reactionary industrialists worldwide, they'll remain very influential in all sorts of bad ways.
The phenomenon of the "born again Christians" movement, fundamentalism, etc. is taking hold among the Latino population, as many of them abandon the traditional loyalty to the Catholic Church.I saw a program several years ago on PBS about it and was surprised.
Yes it seems high but that's because it's a measure of people who SAY they go to church at least once a week. As Christopher Hitchens once pointed out, there aren't enough pews to accommodate all of the Americans who claim to go to church every Sunday.
Of course it would die out, just like the Norse gods Odin and Thor and the Greek gods Zeus and Hercules. In the future people will refer to Christianity as American mythology, just like Greek or Norse mythology.
Thanks r2, great graph.I wonder why Germany isn't included? I notice that the Scandinavian countries with the highest white demographic are least religious...and having lived in Sweden a while, know that they have the highest ethical and moral standards of any developed country. Japan too, highly ethical. This continues to illustrate religions devious role in politics and social inadequacy.
Christianity will not die. Check some continents other than Europe.
If Christianity topples then how will people know morality? We will be a nation of adulters, murderers, rapists, gays, and thiefs.
is it dying. i believe many people lie to family and friends about being believers, as they don't want to deal with the shitstorm that comes from being an "out" atheist. but they're still atheists on the inside.
OP, you're obsessed to the point of needing psychiatric help.
I practice no religion and if I followed a faith, it could possibly be Christianity or something else, I don't know.
But what's with your obsessive, non-stop postings about this?
It's a religion. It's been around over 2,000 years.
Why does no other faith or religion frustrate you as much? Are you not equally irritated by Islam?
Live and let live OP and stop obsessing over things you claim you want no part of.
The only religious people in Europe are immigrants who are mostly Muslims. The rest are agnostics/atheist and even those who identify as Christians barely visit the church.
It will never die.
It will die. Not in our lifetimes, not in the lifetimes of anyone alive today or of anyone they will ever know, but sometime in the future it will die. Barring a great revival, the slow death has started.
Considering the the worlds standard time and date are based on Christianity......
Christianity will survive as long as the human race does.
And given global warming, that isn't saying a whole lot.
[quote]The phenomenon of the "born again Christians" movement, fundamentalism, etc. is taking hold among the Latino population, as many of them abandon the traditional loyalty to the Catholic Church.I saw a program several years ago on PBS about it and was surprised.
The JW's and other fundie groups regularly spread out and blanket Latino neighborhoods for recruitment of new arrivals. I used to have neighbors from El Salvador and some evangelical church got a hold of them and they went from being friendly and letting their kids play with neighborhood kids to isolating them and spending all their time at church and not speaking to any neighbors at all.
Great R15. Your right however. It's sad how one intolerent religion is being replaced by another.
I don't believe it will die any time soon, but I do believe most mainstream churches that don't want to be marginalized will drop their anti-gay stances within, say, 10 to 20 years.
Presbyterian USA has already affirmed ordaining partnered glb ministers, though whether to do so is voluntary by each individual church.
But don't forget, it wasn't that long ago -- 1976 -- the Southern Baptists officially did not allow black people even to attend ! their churches. And that only changed when Jimmy Carter was running for president and a group of Yankee liberals, including some African-Americans, went down to Plains and attended the church, just to see if they would be thrown out.
Likewise most mainstream churches had strong opinions against interracial marriage, unmarried pregnancies, unmarried heterosexuals living together, and so on.
But now, if they stopped performing marriages for people who lived together before the wedding, they wouldn't have any weddings at all.
Regardless of their bigotry and stamp-their-feet insistence the Bible prohibits gay sex, I'm guessing as a practical matter, when they see people abandoning them in droves and their ability to solicit donations drying up, they'll adapt to modern life and pretend they've discovered a new interpretation of Leviticus and Romans.
Something buried in the dirt cannot topple.
Of course it will eventually die out, or evolve so much that it will not be considered the same religion, just as every preceding religion has done before it. Christianity today has very little in common with the faith as it began.
[quote]"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
Shit -- even DL is infested with these Xtians.
Will the gays ever stop licking the boots of the heteros?
You can't equate church attendance with who may or may not be xtian. Many non believers go to church and many believers don't .
Most people get real gung ho about that garbage and then like most faddish things in their lives, they forget about it. But there's always a fresh crop of dummies to fall for it.
After the Rapture.
It will die when aliens officially announce their presence. In fact, all religion will pretty much got out the window.
It will happen.
Jesus: "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."Matthew 16:18
Jesus, cupcake, you also said:
[quote]"Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." - Matthew 16:28
I think maybe you've been turning a little too much water into wine, sweetie.
R9, the Greeks stopped worshipping Zeus because Christianity was decreed the official religion of the Roman Empire. It wasn't because they lost interest.
He'll come back just in time to save the faith.
That's not what he told you, R36.
Who are you to to contradict your Lord and God?
Saying this as someone who went to Catholic school as a child, I believe that the day is coming when the Church has a modern day Schism, The Anglican churches of the developing world splitting from the "western" churches have set the precedent. I also believe that a flashpoint issue, probably a gay one, will be the one that will pull it apart
This thread is really useless unless it considers that people will likely not be able to survive more than another couple of centuries, and the church which would have almost certainly have run out of steam sooner or later will still be around as long as we all are.
The table in R2 killed Germany.
I kind of envy the Whore of Babylon - she sounds like she got laid a lot and was a cool slut!
[quote] 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.
And I love this picture - she's got all the men under her spell!
Of course it will. Every successive generation has less use for it.
of course, but not in our lifetimes. Not for hundreds of years probably.
It's so pathetic. Today I saw a crappy car with a "JESUS SAVES" bumper sticker. Saves what? It didn't save you from poverty.
So dumb. There never was a "Jesus" and he didn't save anything.
There are two things which could change Christianity in the future (1) A cure for death (see ya J-man) on the one side or, (2) Making sodomy a sacrament which would bring in us gays with all our flair and rescue The Church forever.