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Religion In The 21st Century

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In the 21st century, it cannot be denied that technology has influenced most of the modern world. People of all ages can usually be seen walking in the streets holding a phone or tablet. As a child, we were taught to respect your elders, go to church every Sunday and pray almost every chance you get. While that may be true to children in the last generation, that may not be the case anymore. Technology is booming rapidly from year to year, and the younger generations are the ones caught in this rapid change.
Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances,
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Last January 2012, Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and Director of the Origins Institute at Arizona State University, published A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing which explains how the entire universe could have emerged from nothing, the book first tells the story of modern cosmology, making its way through the big bang to microwave background radiation and the discovery of dark energy. With this kind of scientific knowledge now at our disposal, it raises the question: is religion outdated in the 21st century?
The significance of this research aims to provide insight on if religious organizations and institutions still play a part in instilling good values and morals in society in the 21st century. The researcher believes that the findings of this research will be added to the current long line of research conducted on if religion still matters in today’s
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There were over 1.1 billion non-religious people in the world in 2010, and that number is expected to increase to over 1.2 billion by the year 2020 (Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, estimates for 2010). Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and author of Living the Secular Life said that “There’s absolutely more atheists around today than ever before, both in sheer numbers and as a percentage of humanity” and with that in hand, another research made by Gallup International survey of more than 50,000 people in 57 countries, the number of individuals claiming to be religious fell from 77% to 68% between 2005 and 2011, while those who self-identified as atheist rose by 3% – bringing the world’s estimated proportion of adamant non-believers to 13% (Rachel Nuwer, 2014). However, even though there have been a growing number of people not believing in anything, there are still more people that have a religion and as Zuckerman states: “Humans need comfort in the face of pain and suffering, and many need to think that there’s something more after this life, that they’re loved by an invisible being, so there will always be people who believe, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they remain the
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