There is a growing trend of people turning away from religion. Those left standing in the path of righteousness seem to have difficulty understanding this global shift.

It seems that the most affluent people: the ones with money, excess, and access are the ones who are turning their back on organized religion, and it’s causing a lot of concern.

One of the theories behind this conundrum is that as people become more able to care for themselves through financial means and external resources, people worry less about dying and don’t need to believe in a higher power as much as they would have even 50 years ago.

People are more about “living in the moment” now than planning for a life in “paradise” with a God they’ve never seen.

Religion won’t be going away anytime soon, however

While there is a great deal of evidence mounting in support of atheism (mostly due to the incredible access to information we all have these days), there is also many solid arguments from religious scholars that are saying these minority groups of atheists are not powerful enough to change an entire religion’s belief systems.

Those who believe still currently outnumber those who don’t believe. However, it is predicted that atheism will overtake religion by 2038. 

Why people are becoming less religious

Outside of the argument for the existence of God, there are a number of global factors that are impacting the way families are raised and what they believe as well. For example, as more and more women enter the workforce, the size of families continues to decrease. Many couples are opting not to raise children at all, thus ending their lineage for religious beliefs.

Another factor to consider in reports and studies is that people who believe in God, or some form thereof, may not disclose that belief. Some people believe in a God without being “religious”, so the use of the world religion is tricky. Others believe in a God superficially and only tap into that belief when it serves them in the moment.

It seems that people of economically diverse countries are split between being religious and being atheists such as Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, and France.

Based on the math, if countries that are “well to do” create secularization, then the world could see a drop in believers by about half by 2041.

What a world without a God would look like?

Does it induce fear and riot into people?

On the contrary, research has shown that countries with split religious beliefs, like Canada and France, rank high on morality, social trust, economic equality, and have lower crime rates than countries with higher numbers of religious believers.

While religion and the notion of God are a highly personal matter, people feel compelled to spread their messages of support or disdain, making it difficult for a person to decide what they believe.

It may be that people find it easier to just “give up” their beliefs in order to fit into a world where God doesn’t seem to be present; but the topic is hot, and it leaves a lot of unanswered questions on both sides of the debate to determine whether or not religion is going anywhere, anytime soon.