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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

Do you think it's a good thing religious people have more children?

Does this mean the future will be religious?... I imagine many skeptic rationalists on here will say that secularism and atheism is on the rise, therefore it can't happen, but you are MISSING the point. The retention rate is only low among LIBERAL religious, with an already low fertility, and the people who convert to secular culture will not have 7+ kids like if they were to have stayed religious, they will have 1-1.6, just like the atheist community (most likely). For some reason, my immediate gut reaction is that this is a good thing.

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World-denying religious fundamentalist sects, meanwhile, which are concentrated in the West, have sky-high fertility. The ultra-Orthodox Jews, Amish, Hutterites and Finnish Laestadian Lutherans average around six children per woman. 

Quiverfull neo-Calvinists in America, who abjure birth control, have even larger broods.

In my last book Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth, I argue that as population drains from secular societies, religious populations will form an ever-larger share of the remnant.

This is already happening in Israel, where secular Jews are being overtaken by religious Jews. Jerusalem has flipped from secularism to conservative religiosity due to demographics, and the entire country will follow suit. America is likely to experience this in the 2100s.

As western societies perform this Israeli-style shift from secular liberalism to religious conservatism, sex will once again be about procreation, not recreation.

Update 2:

it is communist doctrine that social structure is the sole determinant of behavior.

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  • 2 months ago
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    Whoever gets 7+kids will only raise 7+psychos who won't be fit to deal with life in today's world....

  • 2 months ago

    It does not mean any of those things.  The children of the religious aren't always religious themselves.  That the religious have more children only means that they are more potential secular children of the religious.

  • Zirp
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    2 months ago

    Questions about the answerer are not allowed.

    The smaller the worldpopulation is - especially in the rich countries -, the easier it will be to tackle our real problems

  • 2 months ago

    Religion isn't genetic, sorry, there will always be those who reject it. You really think atheists only come from atheist families? lol Most do not.

    And then you lost all credibility by posting a cult. Women do not appreciate being treated like frigging baby factories. So no, this will never become the norm. Deal with it.

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