Religion's Sudden Decline - What's Causing it, and What Comes Next?

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Sep 27, 2021 | EBIN, Ronald Inglehart

Based on surveys from 1981 to 2020 of over 100 countries, home to 90 percent of the world's population, Ronald Inglehart analyses the changing dynamics of mass acceptance of religion. In this EBIN publication he presents a theory of why religion spreads or declines, providing evidence of a major decline in religious belief in most of the world. He suggests that humans need a coherent belief system that reflects the society's environment. More secure living conditions, from rising life expectancy to broader education, have led to cultural changes that now allow a wider range of choices. The Nordic countries have been consistently at the cutting edge of cultural change and can suggest what lies ahead.


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