Religious Flux

All the surveys of which this writer is aware indicate that most traditional organized religions of the West are in decline, in the sense that fewer and fewer people report themselves to be regular church goers. That having been said, it is nevertheless the case that literally billions of people around the world still call themselves adherents of those very same religions. The Millennials and younger presumably are the generations that are accounting for the declines previously cited. It is doubtful that the new spiritual communities will strengthen traditional organized religions, except in the sense of creating new venues for spiritual expression. These phenomena may be peculiar to the West, for I am not aware of studies showing similar marked declines in Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism in the rest of the world. For example, with the demise of the Soviet Union, Orthodox Christianity in Russia may be growing.

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