Re: [greatbiggroup] Discussion Topic #6 - Future Religion
- I think the major religions - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hindu, Buddhism
- will still be around in 500 years. We might have trouble recognizing
them if we jumped forward with our bobbles to the year 2512, but they'd still
call themselves what they call themselves today.
Today there is a trend among people in the US and parts of Europe to call
themselves 'Nones' They don't adhere to any one religion, but pick and
choose from a sort of buffet of other religions. Others consider themselves
spiritual but don't take the trappings of any religion.
I'm not sure if humans will ever get away from religion - there will always
be questions that science can't answer, such as why did my gentle happy
Mother have to die, what will happen after I die, why do bad thing happen to
good people, why are we here?
In a message dated 8/2/2012 5:42:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Will every "major" (numbering at least in the millions), organized (having
fairly well-defined and stable dogmas and clerical structure) religion
that exists today, still be around in *recognizable* form 100, 200, 500 years
from now? Will any new ones (whether an existing but marginal one like
Bahai or Scientology, or something *totally* new that doesn't exist yet) attain
majority status (comparable to Christianity and Islam right now) in that
I know quite a few of us are . . . lukewarm or skeptical at best on the
subject of organized religion! Keep in mind, we're pretty much in the
minority on a global scale! Need to focus on what's *likely* to happen, given
current trends and Human nature. Not on what we ourselves would *like* to
happen. Truly, nothing that has proven so useful to politicians will ever go
extinct before they do!
Assume for this purpose that no global disasters (Yellowstone Blast, etc)
significant enough to totally upset the playing field, occur in this time.
Also note that many of the better known world religions have existed for
millennia already, and have seen quite their share of disasters (natural and
otherwise), and deliberate attempts to stamp them out (this particular
religion or that, not religion in general, except in Communist countries).
How will Muslims living 100, 200, or 500 years from now regard the era
we're in now, and how they (their fellows in faith living right now) conducted
themselves at the time: Proud, ashamed, penitent, in denial, or what?
How will Christians centuries from now regard the time when, in one major
country at least, they allied themselves with, and became all but
indistinguishable from, a party concerned primarily with preserving large
concentrations of wealth and pathologically unconcerned with the consequences of
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