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Posted inClimate Crisis

Survey: Does the government need to do more to address climate change?

Reading Time: < 1 minute 54% of nonbelievers completely agree with the idea that the government needs to do more to address climate change; 28% mostly agree. Jewish and other non-Christians all overwhelmingly agree that the government must do more. Protestants and non-Catholic Christians are the least likely to agree with this idea, but most still believe that the government […]

Posted inReligion

Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland. Could this be the end of the United Kingdom?

Reading Time: 5 minutes The writing has been on the wall since Brexit. The United Kingdom, made of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, is now counting its days. A further nail was driven into the coffin today as statistics from the 2021 census were released showing that, for the first time ever, Catholics now outnumber Protestants in Northern […]

Posted inNews

New research: The future of religion might just be no religion at all

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long-term future of Christianity is looking pretty grim. At least that’s what the data from a recent Pew Research Center study is showing. According to their report, Christianity continues to shrink as a share of the US population as more people engage in religious switching.  In this report, “switching” is defined as “a change […]

Posted inNonreligious News

The future of American religion? Christians will finally be in the minority

Reading Time: 5 minutes Back in 2015, the Pew Research Center released a landmark study about the changing religious landscape in America, and there was one graph in particular I still think about to this day. I’ve even used it in presentations I’ve given to various groups over the years. It involved religious “switching” and showed that people were […]

Posted inSociology

The fascinating collision of gender and religion in changing attitudes about work

Reading Time: 6 minutes If you had enough money to live comfortably without working, would you do so? Researchers often use this type of question to measure “work ethic.” When Americans are asked this question, most say they would keep working anyway.  But a fascinating difference has developed in the answers people give—a difference involving not only gender, but […]

Posted inPsychology

Is religion rooted in childhood gullibility?

Reading Time: 13 minutes The vast majority of people who ever lived have believed in the existence of one god or another. What are the evolutionary forces that made our species—and our species alone—a religious one? Evolutionary thinkers have spilled much ink trying to answer questions like this. Some answers have proven to be much more successful than others. […]

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