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Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/25/2017 15:06:30


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Industrialization doesn't lead to disbelief. There are other factors which have to do with people becoming irreligious, but industrialization isn't one of them. As for what the factors are; I would say that materialism and the spread of communism in the past have been big factors in the spread of atheism. When people become secular, they tend to regard religion as a bad thing. Atheism has spread a lot in Europe and North America since the last 2 decades, but its spread is even bigger in Europe compared to the USA. The reason why it's more prevalent in Europe is probably because Western Europeans have a lot of bad stereotypes about Catholics. Those stereotypes may have come from the time when Napoleon launched a war against the church and its people. A lot of clerics were killed during that time, crosses were removed and France was kind of becoming an irreligious country at that time.

In America, the implementation of secularism was executed without resistance. While in Europe it was the exact opposite. It may have to do with the fact that Protestants in America knew how to be secular and religious simultaneously. Hence why there are still a lot of religious people in America in comparison to Western Europe.
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/25/2017 16:12:46


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I agree.
I would also think communism has left a mark particularly in Eastern Europe, but communisms/socialisms legacy could have a religious or irreligious effect depending on how people react.

I read what you said fairly quickly because I actually enjoyed reading it.
Keep up the good OT posts.
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/25/2017 19:05:56


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Uh, I think East Europe is actually more religious than West Europe. Atleast countries like Poland or the Czech Republic are.
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/26/2017 16:22:11


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Poland is the most religious state in Europe. Czech Republic is the most irreligious country in the entire world.

http://i.imgur.com/rzv85dn.png

Everybody should have this map bookmarked. It is really fantastic. All the world religions and where they form a majority of the population.

The only bad thing is that it doesn't show the Sunni-Shia split.

In general, in eastern Europe the Church was vital in bringing down the iron curtain. Pope John Paul ll was zealously anti-communists and demanded his Catholics (mainly poles) to rise up against the state-sponsored atheism of the Soviet Union. Thusly, in modern polish/lithuanian culture being catholic is a sign of being anti-communists and Poles/Baltics today really hate communism.

The Balkans are also at American levels of religious because it people in the Balkans look for things to divide themselves on. China is also very irreligious because of Communism.

The map also shows why the border between lithuania and lativa and borders in the balkans lies were they do. Religious differences.

Most European countries are separated either by language or religion. The borders are important.

https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_medium/public/thumbnails/image/2016/05/11/15/lgbti.jpg

This is also a map of gay rights in Europe. The 15 countries shown have the worst gay rights in Europe. Almost all are Eastern European. Notice that the heavily Atheist Czech Republic, Estonia, and moderately atheist Hungary do not show up even though they were behind the iron curtain.

Edited 8/26/2017 16:31:03
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/26/2017 16:28:57


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Czech Republic is the most irreligious country in the entire world.
Oh damn, didnt know that.
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/26/2017 16:46:26

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In North America too I'd say there are negative stereotypes of religious people, which in turn discourages religion. Some are seen mostly as backward, paranoid, or just all out hateful.
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/26/2017 17:02:40


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East-Europe countries are very atheistic because of communist indoctrination into atheism since the youngest age. Similarly, very religious countries are because people are indoctrinated into being Christian, Muslim or Hindou.

Parents, public figures, and countries tell you to be of X or Y religion, or to have none, 95% of the world chose its beliefs in that way. If you're born in Czech Republic, chances are you'll become atheist, if you are born in Saudi Arabia, probably Muslim, if you're born in Spain, Christian.

It's all about being indoctrinated into believing something is. Almost no one look at other religions, faiths and beliefs (or disbeliefs) in an enough open way so that you can make your own choice out of long and rational thinking.

Actual projections say:

The number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.
Atheists, agnostics and other people who do not affiliate with any religion – though increasing in countries such as the United States and France – will make up a declining share of the world’s total population.
The global Buddhist population will be about the same size it was in 2010, while the Hindu and Jewish populations will be larger than they are today.
In Europe, Muslims will make up 10% of the overall population.
India will retain a Hindu majority but also will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia.
In the United States, Christians will decline from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050, and Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion. Muslims will be more numerous in the U.S. than people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.
Four out of every 10 Christians in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa.


However, I think they just use predictions using reproduction and average conversion rates, not really really taking into account the possibility of conversion-rate changes with time, specially from religions to non-religious categories, thus Atheism could still increase a lot in the next years...

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/26/2017 19:10:15


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Also the reason western europe has socialism and other left-wing influences more than east is because people actually lived under communism in east, also communism sounds great on paper so more people without any real experience with actual communism are drawn to it.
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/26/2017 21:44:32


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East-Europe countries are very atheistic because of communist indoctrination into atheism since the youngest age.


actually folk are even more believing in most of east Europe, it is just that there are more godless (though they are almost nowhere the majority).

Not very long after getting freedom from communism, Tajikistan got into a bloody 5 year civil war, between secularists and Islaamists.

In North America too I'd say there are negative stereotypes of religious people, which in turn discourages religion. Some are seen mostly as backward, paranoid, or just all out hateful.


In a country in which 4/5 identify with a faith and 61% call themselves "religious people"?
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/27/2017 05:02:10

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In a country in which 4/5 identify with a faith and 61% call themselves "religious people"?

Even so, in America (assuming you're referring to that) there has been a backlash against Christians because they're seen as hateful or backward (specifically with the rise of LGBT rights)
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/27/2017 23:52:47


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I am from Czech republic. Statement that we are the most irreligious country is ... not entirely correct. Here, situation is specific in a manner that althought only cca 20% of people belong to organized church and another cca 25 % are atheists, most of the population are, in fact, believers, just without affiliation to certain religion. People say things like they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force, a lot believe that fate exists, or that soul exists. So to say we are irregilious is misunderstanding for the most part. Just organized religion is something we don't like or prefer. Faith is individualistic and matter of personal experience, and a lot of people are interested in things like astrology, tarot readings and esotericism in general. To know at least your astrological sign is regarded as normal, even among atheists :)

Edited 8/27/2017 23:53:35
Religion And Irreligion in Europe Compared To USA: 8/30/2017 18:23:26


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I am also Czech and agree with the psykkoman''s description.
Organized religion due to it's association with the habsburgs and due to the Hussite wars is only around 5% of the country. Also strong believers are also a rarery, but many people believe more superstition, like astrology. We're just superstitions more so than religious
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