Religion to Disappear By 2041 Claims New Study

Religion to Disappear By 2038 Claims New Study

Author and noted biopsychologist Nigel Barber has completed a new study that shows Atheism is most prevalent in developed countries, and, according to his projections, religion will completely disappear by 2041. His findings are discussed in his new book “Why Atheism Will Replace Religion.” A new study that clarifies his earlier research will be published in August. His findings focus on studying trends within countries around the world and the fact that “Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries”-

In my new study of 137 countries (1), I also found that atheism increases for countries with a well-developed welfare state (as indexed by high taxation rates). Moreover, countries with a more equal distribution of income had more atheists. My study improved on earlier research by taking account of whether a country is mostly Moslem (where atheism is criminalized) or formerly Communist (where religion was suppressed) and accounted for three-quarters of country differences in atheism.

His main thesis stems from the phenomenon of religion declining as personal wealth increases. He cites the reason as people having less of a need for supernatural beliefs when the tangible, natural world is providing for their needs. He says the majority of the world will come to view religion as completely irrelevant by 2041.

Political Scientist Eric Kaufmann holds the opposite view, citing the fact that Atheists have fewer children than religious people. He thinks this could indicate the religious mindset will proliferate due to religious folks simply breeding more than Atheists. But what is the significance of the prolific breeding of religious people?

Biotechnologist Thomas Rees poses this question in his essay “Will the Religious Inherit the Earth?” In this piece, he discusses Kaufmann’s research and comes to the conclusion that the breeding aspect could tip the odds in favor of the religious purely due to fertility and childbearing rates among them.

Barber, however, dismisses the breeding-related evidence, saying “…Yet, noisy as they can be, such groups are tiny minorities of the global population and they will become even more marginalized as global prosperity increases and standards of living improve.”

He also says that as women become more integrated into the workforce, they will have fewer children, even if they are members of a religious fundamentalist group: “Moreover, as religious fundamentalists become economically integrated, young women go to work and produce smaller families, as is currently happening for Utah’s Mormons,” he says.

If a recent PEW study is any indication of a solid answer to the question, Kaufman may be correct. The study, performed by PEW in 2012, indicates a huge upswing in Atheism, with 20% of Americans now identifying as Agnostic, Atheist or “Unaffiliated” with a religion. This number represents the largest percentage of people in PEW’s history of polling who identify as non-religious.

It is clear that the growth of Atheism or “unaffiliated” people is growing at an incredibly rapid rate in the United States, but it seems that being non-religious is also exploding globally. The UK’s Daily Mail reported an extensive 2010 study that showed unaffiliated individuals as the “third largest global group” behind Christians and Muslims, placing the unaffiliated ahead of Hindus, Buddists, Jews and all other religious affliations.

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158 Responses to "Religion to Disappear By 2041 Claims New Study"

  1. sifirdokuzkalemucu   July 30, 2013 at 1:45 am

    This atheism-biased study interestingly justifys Islam. According to Islamic belief, when the doomsday comes, only the non-believers will be living on the earth.

  2. Dom   July 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Eric Kaufmann may forgets one thing: Science is evolving really fast and it is proposed that human will be able to cure “natural” death within the next 4 decades (at least have a youth that is longer than a few hundred years). The more wealthy, educated and possibly atheistic people will be able to afford this medicine. Religious people will most likely refuse this kind of medicine as it contradicts with their religious believes of an endless afterlife. Why should one need an afterlife, if he could practically have an endless this-life?
    We can be sure that religion will die out in favor of atheism in the next 100 years 😉

    • Arquimedes Rodriguez   July 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Please, be careful to affirm things that could occur about in the future, in science you cannot affirm or deny nothing, you specially find the truth, there is nothing realistic to support the idea of endless life of our material body, it is a matter of energy, the internal process of energy transformation inside our body are irreversible not conservative itself, so our body wear inexorable to his waste of their biological vital principles, it is a nature law and science is a tool from Nature not to ignore it, our body changes all his cells and systems in about 7 times during his life (average 74 years), after that the regeneration process it evolves very slow to nothing and our body cells die, the science is not evolving fast, technology is evolving fast, the science is evolving very slowly, was about 500 years ago that we were believing the earth was flat, our knowledge is 8 million years old behind the hominids start to grow in this planet, life without a body is a matter that science should explore not deny, you have a cell in your pocket and we have a spaceship in Saturn, these were impossible in the last century.

  3. Cathryn Paradise   July 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    It is presumptuous to say such a thing since Roman Catholicism and Islam comprise over three billion followers. Christian-like religions comprise at least another billion.Pagans, Hidus and Buddhists at least another billion. We are supposed to believe that five billion people out of seven billion are going to change their minds in less than 30 years.

    • Arquimedes Rodriguez   July 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      The last UN information total Christians sects sum 2,000 MM and Islam is about 1,300 MM of muslims, so they are about 3,300 MM of souls in earth, and the Christians are reducing about 3 % per year and some of them go to Islam, something to think about it

    • jim   November 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Christians and Muslims don’t take into account those who leave the fllock…for example, if baptized Catholic, you remain Catholic unless you petition the Vatican. And who dooes that?

  4. Natasha   July 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Never! Man will always look for a sense in life and won’t resort to the status of a clever monkey!

    I owe my living to God and only breath thanks to His grace. I come from an atheist ex-communist country in which we all return to God. No matter how hard the atheists try to impose they doctrine on free people, they will never succeed in controlling our hearts and minds.

    In the end, freedom wins over indoctrination. Even if you deny all their rights to the believers, as it is done today in many Western countries, we won’t fear anything because God is with us. Even in prison, or outcast from the rest of the society, we’ll remain faithful to our Creator.

    • knpoducH   July 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      You are a nut job. Your attitude will help to make more atheists than anything I could say or do.

    • T.J.   August 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      “Freedom wins over indoctrination.”

      Funny, seeing as how the majority of religious people are the product of childhood religious indoctrination. You crack me up, madam.

  5. saberamusavi   July 29, 2013 at 9:35 am

    May be those man made religions will disapper,but Islam is here to stay.

    • Arquimedes Rodriguez   July 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      You may want to hear only what you want to hear and not to understand the Universe, all religions were human made and the idea of God also, you are in your free right to think about God as you really want, but is a big fake to say that Islam was not made by humans!
      And the more important thing many Muslims call to the people that is not agree with their ideas: Infidel and they have a saint war against them, that is a God idea? or Whom?

  6. Gradivus   July 29, 2013 at 8:19 am

    It’s more likely that that the “developed world” (where Atheism is most prevalent) will completely disappear by 2041. Fundamentalist Islam is spreading far, far faster than Atheism is.

  7. Bill   July 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    It is rather optimistic to believe that after thousands of years, Sharia will simply give way to “enlightenment” in the next 3 decades.

  8. Manjusri   July 29, 2013 at 4:27 am

    To anyone who believes that belief in God is the problem, and not the other memes that surround said belief- and who thinks that they’re rational because they’re an atheist- I heartily recommend this (very long, seven part) essay- it will realign your perceptions:

    (Disclaimer: the author of the essay is an atheist and non-believer in the supernatural. The author of this comment is a non-religious deist who is agnostic on supernatural concerns.)

  9. David Ashton   July 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    So religion is to blame for all the bad things? if it’s an invention, man invented it and will have his mark on it. Man will always find a way to express his nature….

    • Arquimedes Rodriguez   July 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Do not stay at defensive, Religions of course were made by humans, the humans have freewill, they can construct or destroy… if religions are focused in construct a moral way to progress the mankind to a higher level of Love, progress and understanding sure they will prevail, but with ideas that are static in 4,000 years ago, how humans can find in them a solution to the mankind?

      • Olaf   August 2, 2013 at 7:02 am

        “the humans have freewill” well .. this is something we can finaly start to discuss when religions do not matter any furter more. Can you have free will as an animal like humans are? Anyhthing the brain does/encouters is somehow limited to cause/effect even your thougts are as the brain doing the thinking is matter … so does this allow for a free will or not? Could the person have made another decision if everything in the universe (the tiniest parts making up matter and also energy inside an animals brain and the whole universe) would be exactly the same as in the situation the decision was made before?

        Enjoy the thougt experiment and consequences (for e.g. laws regarding violence) once people clinging to religion will not interfere and the scientific method might provide a most likely answer.

  10. Stan Baker (@angrystan)   July 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    From your mouth to God’s ears … or something


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