By Hemant Mehta
In an essay for Foreign Affairs, Ronald F. Inglehart, the author of the forthcoming book Religion’s Sudden Decline: What’s Causing it, and What Comes Next? writes about how he used to think religion was on the rise.
With the collapse of Communism and the election of George W. Bush, religious beliefs appeared to be in ascendence. And according to publicly available data, between 1981 and 2007, there was evidence that people had become more religious, especially in former Communist nations. The rise of the internet didn’t prevent the spread of faith-based dogma.
But that’s no longer the case.
Since 2007, says Inglehart, most nations have taken a swift turn in the other direction — and the decline of religion is happening rapidly.
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