23 Jun 2015
In much of the Western world, fewer and fewer people believe in religion. It’s possible that in a generation, there simply won’t be religion across Europe and large sections of North America, Australia and Asia. That’s not necessarily a problem. But it’s worth thinking about why people made up religion in the first place and what we’re doing with the needs and longings that led them to do so. The debate between believers and atheists usually goes nowhere. The real issue is: What should fill the gaps created by the end of widespread belief? What should fill the God-shaped hole?
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Editor's Note: You might also be interested in "Why the Future of Religion is Bleak" from the Wall Street Journal and "Will Religion Ever Disappear?" from the BBC.