Nigel Barber says religion will disappear by 2041. The Irish author explains that atheism will reign, replacing all religious traditions. Barber’s e-book, Why Atheism Will Replace Religion, will be available next month.
Barber links religious or atheist beliefs with economic development and level of education. His studies have revealed a steady trend. Barber notes that religion is most popular in underdeveloped countries.
Nigel Barber’s religion study, and book, explore the reasoning behind his findings. Religion, according to Barber, is essentially a source of comfort. For those who are facing adversity, religion provides hope. As the adversity increases, so does religious faith.
Nations that lack resources, experience frequent disaster, and have little or no education, are the most likely to rely on their religious beliefs.
Barber states that atheism continues to increase in nations that are financially secure and provide educational opportunities.
The data suggests that the world’s residents will eventually reject religion in favor of atheism.
As reported by Digital Journal, Political scientist Eric Kauffman counters Barber’s prediction. Kauffman points out that religious people are more likely to have children than atheists. They are also more likely to have a large number of children.
Kauffman predicts that religious beliefs will continue as more children are raised in religious households.
Barber cites numerous reasons that Kauffman’s belief is invalid. He cites continued scientific research and discoveries, and a consistent rise in atheism. He also refers back to his study, noting that the world’s economy continues to improve.
He states that as more people are exposed to science and education, they will be less likely to hold onto traditional beliefs.
Nigel Barber’s religion study will be available next month. His study includes data collected from 137 countries.
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