The news that Christianity would soon die away in many places was all over the Internet recently, particularly on Atheist blogs that were glowing in the light of fallacious happiness. Peter Kirk over at Gentle Wisdom has put the story in perspective:
The BBC has a provocative link on its website “Physics predicts end of religion”. I think even they have realised how stupid that claim is, for the article at the end of the link seems to have been renamed, less controversially, Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says. Well, at least the BBC is accurate there: that claim is being made, in a study “reported at the American Physical Society meeting”.
In all of the nine nations in the study:
Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland
the main religion is Christianity. So the claim is essentially that the church will become extinct in these nations. And most of these nations are similar enough to the UK that any results could probably be extrapolated here – although probably not to the USA where the religious scene is very different.
Read the full article. It is worth your time and reflection: Physics can say nothing about the end of religion – Gentle Wisdom