The first article contains good news:
An apathetic attitude towards religious and spiritual matters is common among members of this generation, according to The Millennials by Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Research, and his son Jess, a Millennial born in 1985. Members of this generation are likely to care less about spiritual matters than those from previous generations, the Rainers wrote.
Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of this generation rarely or never attend religious services, according to the survey conducted by LifeWay on 1,200 Millennials. And spiritual matters was ranked sixth, below friends and education, in a list based on an open-ended question on what is important to respondents.
“The [Baby] Boomers began the decline [in caring about religion] right after the Builder generation. Then came Gen X where it decreased again. And the Millennials are even less so (religious),” Thom Rainer explained to The Christian Post.
Also: “An astounding 70 percent of Millennials agree that American churches are irrelevant today.”
This article indicates that religion, even in America, is in steep decline and is on the way out.
The flip side is this:
Prof Rowthorn wrote: “The more devout people are, the more children they are likely to have.” Some religious sects had fertility rates three or four times the general population, he noted. If people in these groups only married within them, he said “ultra-high fertility groups would rapidly outgrow the rest of the population and soon become a majority”.
For example, the Amish in the US had grown from 123,000 in 1991 to 249,000 in 2010, and were forecast to increase to 44 million by 2150 if past trends continued.
If this were going to happen, wouldn’t it have already happened over the previous thousands of years?