Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

According to the BBC:

Half-empty church

A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers.

The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation.

The team’s mathematical model attempts to account for the interplay between the number of religious respondents and the social motives behind being one.

The result, reported at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, indicates that religion will all but die out altogether in those countries.

The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Nonlinear dynamics is invoked to explain a wide range of physical phenomena in which a number of factors play a part.

One of the team, Daniel Abrams of Northwestern University, put forth a similar model in 2003 to put a numerical basis behind the decline of lesser-spoken world languages.

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I cant help but wonder about the lack of time frame mentioned in this article.

 

Weekly Round Up: A Hint of Love Wins…

Heres this weeks random roundup:

  • If you’ve not seen it, here’s the Martin Bashir interview with Rob Bell. Cant make up my mind if he’s putting up a good argument or squirming?
  • The Urban Pastor wonders if he can be bothered to read it… On that note can anyone recommend a good cheap way of getting hold of Love Wins?
  • Richard Littledale highlights the little voice of Aria.
  • Small plug for the scribbledfish project – which is being given a fresh look. Basically its about me and the camera…
  • And finally… Church Mouse questions why no one has pointed out how fashionable John Calvins beard is. Personally I think its amazing…

Japan. Any Good News?

Simple idea time. Instead of “Russell Howards Good News”, we going to have “Church Sofa Good News”, and update this with reports of Good news we hear from Japan.

Please dont think we’re trying to take anything away from the huge scale of rubbish that is the current events that are happening in Japan, but we thought it would be nice just to have a little corner of the internet were we tried to focus on the good news coming out of that area.

Earthquake survivor is rescued after being buried for four days

Woman, 70, found alive 4 days after Japan tsunami

Man saved clinging to roof… 10 miles out to sea

Please feel free to share any other news items you come across below:

Weekly RoundUp: The Looking At Lent Edition

Well… we are to start with…

  • We’ve mentioned the Beer and Bible initiative currently starting in Chelmsford before, if you missed it I suggest getting yourself over to Phils Treehouse and watching the promo video about it…
  • The 40Things guys are encouraging people to try 1 new thing per day during lent as part of the 40 Things Challenge.
  • Moving away from Lent… The Jesus Mission asks what could be learnt from Barack Obama…
  • Chelliah Laity has compiled a list of Christian Bloggers thats worth a look.
  • According to “BBC’s new face of religion”, people look at Eve as a troublesome wife and God has a wife…The Telegraph.
  • And finally… As I’m sure you can tell, The Church Sofa lads can sometimes channel a bit of an inner geek… Room515.co.uk is a result of that…