It might seem impossible today, but one day the United States will be like Scandinavia when it comes to religion. How will that be?
Anyone who has paid attention knows that Denmark and Sweden are among the least religious nations in the world. Polls asking about belief in God, the importance of religion in people’s lives, belief in life after death or church attendance consistently bear this out.
It is also well known that in various rankings of nations by life expectancy, child welfare, literacy, schooling, economic equality, standard of living and competitiveness, Denmark and Sweden stand in the first tier.
What will this society be like?
“a society — a markedly irreligious society — that was, above all, moral, stable, humane and deeply good.”
This indifference or obliviousness to religious matters was sometimes subtly enforced. “In Denmark,” a pastor told Mr. Zuckerman, “the word ‘God’ is one of the most embarrassing words you can say. You would rather go naked through the city than talk about God.”…
Social conformity or not, Mr. Zuckerman was deeply impressed with the matter-of-fact way in which many of his interviewees spoke of death, without fear or anxiety, and their notable lack of existential searching for any ultimate meaning of life.
Yes, it is hard to believe that this will happen. But it will happen, and in fact is in the process of happening now. Why?
One reason: God is imaginary. That is the truth, and the truth eventually wins. It is becoming obvious to more and more people.
Another reason: Countries without religion win. As mentioned above: “It is also well known that in various rankings of nations by life expectancy, child welfare, literacy, schooling, economic equality, standard of living and competitiveness, Denmark and Sweden stand in the first tier.”
The United States can no longer afford religion. It is dragging our society down. Economic forces will become too strong, and the economic elite will begin to dismantle religion. It is the only way that the United States can prosper.
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