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Study shows that religion can be extinct in nine nations

By Jason Palmer

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A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers.

The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation.

The team’s mathematical model attempts to account for the interplay between the number of religious respondents and the social motives behind being one.

The result, reported at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, indicates that religion will all but die out altogether in those countries.

The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Their means of analysing the data invokes what is known as nonlinear dynamics – a mathematical approach that has been used to explain a wide range of physical phenomena in which a number of factors play a part.

A nation ignorant of the truth

I was watching “Jeopardy,” sick, stretched out on the couch, feeling
too poorly to do anything except watch daytime TV. The game's
contestants were college students, and host Alex Trebek wanted the
students to fill in this blank from Psalm 23: “The Lord is my _____.”


Not one of those three very bright college students, from three of
the best-known universities in America, could fill in that blank. They
were totally unfamiliar with one of the most familiar lines in the
Bible.

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the “Little House” books, some of the most
popular classics of American literature. In one of those books, “The
Long Winter,” Laura describes how the teacher began the school day in a
one-room school in De Smet, Dakota Territory, in about 1880:


”The school will come to attention,” [Teacher] said. She opened her
Bible. “This morning I will read the twenty-third Psalm.”

 Laura knew
the Psalms by heart, of course, but she loved to hear again every word
of the twenty-third, from “'The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want,”
to, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the …

A nation ignorant of the truth

I was watching “Jeopardy,” sick, stretched out on the couch, feeling too poorly to do anything except watch daytime TV. The game’s contestants were college students, and host Alex Trebek wanted the students to fill in this blank from Psalm 23: “The Lord is my _____.” 

Not one of those three very bright college students, from three of the best-known universities in America, could fill in that blank. They were totally unfamiliar with one of the most familiar lines in the Bible.