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      I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.~Terry Pratchett [-4.88. -6.97]

      by LaFeminista on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 01:58:44 PM PDT

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          imabluemerkin, Wolf Of Aquarius

          I think religion is losing some steam for a variety of reasons.

          I've read, although not seen polls, that younger evangelicals are really turned off by the scorched-earth message of some right-wing Christians.  As in, they don't care for the way that many right-wing evangelicals "dominate" and spoil the earth rather than acting as good stewards.

          This makes sense given the fact that people who are young now have a far longer time to deal with the consequences of the environmental degradation that goes along with the dominate the earth kind of thinking.

          A second reason could be because there is such a stark contradiction of reality from many right-wing Christians when they deny basic scientific facts or fundamental well-accepted scientific theories.  When any religion flies in the face of facts people with a brain in their head are going to get turned off.

          A third reason could be that the new millenium came and went without a "rapture" episode to keep the millenarianism weirdness surrounding the dawn of the 21st century going.

          From what I've read, just about every time a 100 or 1000 year "cycle" ends the millenarian thing rears its ugly head and a lot of suggestible people get religion.  It fades over time only to return at the end of the next cycle.  It's been 9 years now so maybe these suggestible people are seeing that no major religious "transformation" of the earth is coming and they're losing interest.

          Then again, it could be that people are just sick of religious "leaders" fomenting hate and a "you can't have fun and still be Christian" attitude.

          The haters for Jesus crowd must be off-putting to those who were raised to think Jesus was more about loving your neighbor.

          "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

          by Edgewater on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 04:29:07 PM PDT

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