By James A. Haught
Western civilization has entered the long-predicted Secular Age, when the power of religion over society gradually recedes.
Europe started the shift after World War II. Churchgoing diminished until only a fringe of Europeans attend worship today – fewer than 10 percent in some nations. The young especially ignore faith. The secularizing trend spread to Canada, Australia, Japan and other democracies.
Now it’s occurring in America. People who tell pollsters that their religion is “none” have increased rapidly to one-fourth of the U.S. population. They’re expected to continue rising because one-third of Americans under 30 have ceased worshiping.
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