Religion in Decline


  1. David Voas
    • Why there is no way back for religion in the West
      • Profile
        • Religion is in decline across the Western world. Whether measured by belonging, believing, participation in services, or how important it is felt to be, religion is losing ground. Society is being transformed, and the momentum appears to be unstoppable.
        • You might be asking yourself two questions. Is it actually true? And even if religion is currently losing ground, could things change in the future?
        • David is a quantitative social scientist with a background in demography.
        • He serves on the executive committee of the European Values Study and is co-director of British Religion in Numbers (, an online centre for British data on religion that has received recognition as a British Academy Research Project.
        • He serves on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Sociology and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. With Mike Brewer, David directs the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC). He is also Deputy Director of ISER.
      • Videos
        • Why there is no way back for religion in the West | David Voas | TEDxUniversityofEssex
          Channel:- TEDx Talks
          Date Added:- 2021-April-15th
  2. Mary Eberstadt
    • How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization
      • Profile
        • In “How the West Really Lost God”, leading cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt, however, marshals an array of research, from historical data on family decline in pre-Revolutionary France to contemporary popular culture both in the United States and Europe, showing that the reverse has also been true — the undermining of the family has further undermined Christianity itself.
      • Videos
        • How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization
          Channel:- The Heritage Foundation
          Date Added:- 2021-April-15th


David Voas

Why there is no way back for religion in the West

  1. Modernity
    • Predictable LifeCycle
      • Secular Transition
  2. Factors
    • Generational Replacement
  3. Thesis
    • Secularization Thesis
  4. Faith Offers
    • meaning
    • purpose
    • solace
    • ultimate justice
    • life after death
    • the prospect of been reunited with loved ones
  5. Modernity Path
    • Education
    • Longevity
    • Quality of Life
    • Religious Declines ( Comes Late )
  6. Why religious decline
    • Prosperity brings choice
      • Unwillingness to defer to traditional authority
      • Secular & Scientific worldview starts to replace religion worldview
    • Geographical and Social Mobility
      • Bring people into contact with other culture
    • Physical & Material prosperity
      • Reduces the need to redraw back into the solace of religion
  7. Process of Modernisation causes problems for religion
  8. Bounce Back
    • Probable when national elites have dump down religion more ferociously than the pace of modernization would natural have
  9. Religion Adoption
    • If one looks for a religion that is not his or her own, it is quite hard to adopt one later in life



David Voas

Why there is no way back for religion in the West

  1. K J
    • As a 30-something-year-old, Christianity would be substantially more appealing to me if Christians actually embraced the principles taught by Jesus Christ: Generosity, Kindness, Empathy, and Acceptance.

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