Rigil, Mefiante,cr1t and Brianvds,
Rigil I like your point by point exposition of the factors pertaining to the first question. In your summation you contend that it will probably be marginalized over the next century.
Cr1t your argument if I understand it correctly is the same as Rigil’s.
e.g. The technological development and ability to solve problems of a society makes for a more prosperous society, hence the dependency on religion diminishes. AmIright?
You will note that I hold that position too.
'Luthon64 makes the argument that as long as children are indoctrinated with the Christian belief from Childhood, it will remain entrenched. The question then becomes: Are Christian children today being indoctrinated to the extent of previous generations.
My own contention is no. I base this on my own personal anecdotal experience. For example: I can argue the Trinity better than most South African Christian young people of today’s generation because not only was I exposed to the doctrine in church but also in the formalized school curriculum of the time.
'Luthon64 also made the following argument: “However, some of the details around dogma will change slowly over time and in accordance with changing social needs and structures, just as it has done over the past two millennia. However, some of the details around dogma will change slowly over time and in accordance with changing social needs and structures, just as it has done over the past two millennia.”
Theological evolution? AmIright? I have to agree that religions adapt to the Zeitgeist of the time. For example, Hell is a totally illogical idea (The “loving” god punishing the individual in eternal torment for sin committed over a limited period of existence) and so Christianity no longer focuses on the particular dogma. Atheists are quick to point to point to hell as a ridiculous belief, hence I have started to see some ideas like ‘universal redemption’ emerge as an attempt to solve the critique.
Perhaps the first question should “evolve” into: Does Christianity have the ability to adapt and evolve fast enough to its changing social environment to successfully survive?
Luthon I have to even touched your thoughts on the second question yet.
“One could argue that religion is not so much belief in gods as it is a mindset, a style of thinking.”
I would like to add to that
“Religion is an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values” – Wikipedia paraphrasing anthropologist Clifford Geertz