Study Says Religion Heading to Extinction in Nine Countries


iprayA study has reportedly found that religion is set for extinction in nine countries. Presented at an American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas, this study listed these countries as: Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The study, titled “Modeling the decline of religion,” by Richard Wiener (University of Arizona, USA), Haley Yaple (Northwestern University, USA), and Daniel Abrams (Northwestern University), points out that “societies in which the perceived utility of not adhering is greater than the utility of adhering, religion will be driven toward extinction.” People claiming no religious affiliation constitute the fastest growing “religious” minority in many countries throughout the world. It is said that in Czech Republic, about 60% identify themselves as non-affiliated to religion.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada yesterday, suggested to organizations and leaders of various world religions and denominations to make religion more vibrant, attractive and engaging if they wanted to keep their people in God’s fold.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that people with “no religion’ were increasing and religious leaders and organizations were responsible for their alienation. Our efforts at social control, judgmentalism, stagnant approach, etc., might be turning them away resulting in many of them questioning belief in God, equating religion with fear, etc. Some of them, who still believed in God, were bypassing religion to reach God questioning the linkage between man made religions and God.”

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. Really believe this is a sign that Hashem is making the world rid themselves of avodah zarahs, for with Moshiach’s arrival, hopefully, sooner than we can imagine, the world will know that there is ONLY Hashem.

  2. Another question – in previous decades, how many of those who said they were religious were really religious, and not just answering the question the way they thought would make a good impression? How many people went to church just because it was socially required? (See some of the sociologists who wrote about religion in the USA in the 1950’s.)

    Maybe now it’s just socially OK to say what people used to be afraid to. Notice that many of the countries listed were countries that prevously had “established” religions or nearly established ones. Requiring people to act outwardly religious is a good way to turn them off inwardly. Come to think of it, isn’t that what a lot of our own off-the-derech kids are saying?