The intent of this page is not to be controversial or to make any claims as to what is fundamentally right or wrong. Rather, it is to merely raise the question about the future of religion in the context of the New Age movement beginning in the 1970’s and the rise of Spiritualism; the seeming move towards a One World Religion as exemplified by recent actions of Pope Francis; the leadership style of the Dalai Lama; the New Thought movement, and the idea of the rise (real or imagined) of a New World Order.
While quite heady to get one’s arms around, much less to comprehend, perhaps it is worth pausing to raise one’s own awareness and consider one’s belief system in the context of our changing world.
One of the most intriguing aspects the new religious scene in America is the pervasive mingling and mixing of different faiths and traditions. Never before in history have so many religious values and rituals coexisted within a single society. Much has been written about the cross-pollination of race, ethnicity and cultural values, but what happens when religions meet? Will the syncretism of the global village lead to some sort of universal religion, as some predict, or will it produce a vibrant mosaic of many different faiths? – Ninian Smart
One of the less controversial of countless videos on the topic of the One World Religion and New World Order.
H.H. DALAI LAMA • Is there only one true religion?
Pope Francis has captivated the world with his kindness and progressive ideals. What specific actions has he taken that make him so popular?
Pope Francis – joins the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran church, and signs a joint declaration stating that the two traditions have more uniting them than dividing them.
The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 …
- The number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world.
- Atheists, agnostics and other people who do not affiliate with any religion – though increasing in countries such as the United States and France – will make up a declining share of the world’s total population.
- The global Buddhist population will be about the same size it was in 2010, while the Hindu and Jewish populations will be larger than they are today.
- In Europe, Muslims will make up 10% of the overall population.
- India will retain a Hindu majority but also will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia.
- In the United States, Christians will decline from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050, and Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion. Muslims will be more numerous in the U.S. than people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion.
- Four out of every 10 Christians in the world will live in sub-Saharan Africa.