Newsweek recently did a story about the end of Christian America.
"Meanwhile, the number of people willing to describe themselves as atheist or agnostic has increased about fourfold from 1990 to 2009, from 1 million to about 3.6 million. (That is about double the number of, say, Episcopalians in the United States.)"
What is causing this shift? Will Christianity and religion eventually disappear from our society altogether? Is this decline a failure of the church to stay relevant and in-touch with the people or is there a more fundamental underlying issue here? Are people beginning to classify religion as superstition and myth?
I suspect that part of society's move away from religion is based on the continued advancement of science and technology. Technology provides scientific answers and explanations for the things we do not understand. Perhaps people have started to assume that there is a scientific explanation for everything and that belief in something bigger is meaningless. For example, take a civilization that worships the sun god. Once that society has the science and technology to discover that the sun is not a god, but really just one of millions of stars in space that is burning as one really big chemical reaction, what happens to their religion? Do they continue to practice their religion or does it become obsolete?
Do you think this life is all one big chemical reaction? Is our life meaningless? Irrelevant? Are we all just by-products of the Big Bang and along for the ride? Or is there something bigger out there, a higher power?