Losing My Religion

“Nowadays the market for religion is in flux, perhaps more than ever. On the demand side, churches in the Western world are suffering from the global secularisation that began long before the pandemic. Even in America, the most patent example of a rich country that has thrived alongside religion (some say because of it), the share of citizens identifying as Christian has been dropping, from 82% in 2000 to less than 75% in 2020 (see chart 1). According to the latest poll by the World Values Survey, a global network whose secretariat is in Austria, about 30% of Americans say they attend a religious service at least once a week. That is a lot compared with other rich countries. But the figure has fallen steadily from 45% at the turn of the millennium.”

-“The world’s religions face a post-pandemic reckoning.” The Economist. January 8, 2022.

If you can’t find a way to be relevant during a pandemic, perhaps you aren’t relevant?

One thought on “Losing My Religion

  1. Giant sociological phenomenon here with a huge number of parameters. However, i like how you drilled down to the essence: is religion serving its constituency or not? Seems obvious people are voting increasingly with their feet, but the reasons are deep and many.

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