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.
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/>.