Is Religion Becoming Extinct?

In the UK, Wales has the highest proportion of religiously "non-affiliated". Image from BBC

In a recent study, a refreshing trend has emerged in religious identity in the world. It’s shrinking. Overall self-identification with a religion has gone down in nations who’s census data reflect religious affiliation.

Via BBC;

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.

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