Is Social Media Contributing To The Death of Religion?

 

Speaking only from my own personal experiences, I have observed a decline in religious activities among the people I interact with, which lead me to wonder, how come? From what I can discern, it certainly isn’t an issue isolated to a specific religion, nor are those distancing themselves from faith replacing one religion with another.  In my eyes there are several reasons for this gradual dilution of religious involvement, one of which being the publics perception of religion(s). As societies perception of religions, and those who practice them is changing, stereotypes are developing, aided by modern social technology.  For example, following a debate between scientist/engineer Bill Nye, and young-earth creationist Ken Ham, hundreds of online news sites reviewed the evenings events, the majority eventually siding with Nye, and perpetuating negative stigma regarding not only Cristian faith, but most other religions as well.  Having seen this, as well as a trend of similar events occurring in the past, I have concluded that as social media becomes increasingly prominent in our lives, it seems to be contributing to the uprise of anti-religious ideals. This is likely contributed to by the fact that modern technology has allowed people to communicate and share ideas in ways that were never possible in the past. Additionally, in many “western cultures”, political structure is progressively moving to accommodate views which conflict with those of a religious individual.

 

Essentially, with individuals such as Brysa Peters now able to publish their opinions/arguments easier than ever before, and then be protected by a rapidly growing percentage of society, religion is facing an ideological attack to which it has yet to find a defence. 

 

 

Citation

Peters, Brysa. “Western Herald – Opinion: Bill Nye, Ken Ham debate a waste of time.” Westernherald.com, 2014. Web. 17 Mar 2014. <http://www.westernherald.com/opinion/opinion-bill-nye-ken-ham-debate-a-waste-of-time/&gt;.

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4 thoughts on “Is Social Media Contributing To The Death of Religion?

  1. I think interaction in general is declining due to social media, and all aspects of relationships and communication are being impacted negatively… Religion is simply following this trend. We are meeting people in person less and less and most of our conversations are through messaging apps; nowadays, many more people text rather than call and we are losing our basic communication skills. It is not surprising that religious interactions are suffering because of this as well. While I do not wish to generalize, I think religious practices tend to gain power when others are physically present.

    I also agree that the internet has significantly contributed to the building of stereotypes. This is evident in the many satirical (and offensive) themes surrounding religion (for example, the ‘Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’). While the ‘dying’ of religion could be viewed as upsetting, maybe it’s a progressive thing and people just don’t consider it essential anymore…

  2. Not sure I agree with your reasoning here. The reason there was negative backlash is because Ken Ham does not represent Christianity well at all. Watching the debate I saw that Bill Nye knew what he was talking about while Ham seemed to just go back to the same few points even if they had no relevance to the current topic. Social media may contribute to the death of religion, but if it was because of your reasoning, wouldn’t that be a good thing? People ought to not believe in a Christianity as nonsensical as Ham’s, and the only reason people would ever leave a religion after seeing backlash online is if they realised that what they believed was incorrect in some way.

  3. I agree with your idea of social media taking away from religions. I believe that with the ability for people to post anonymously they feel free to say things that they may not have been as comfortable to say before when they had to say it more publicly. It’s easier to jump on a bandwagon when lots of people are already talking about it and you are agreeing with the position.

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