I believe, that one day all of humanity will have the ability to unite under one code that does not involve a belief in a higher power. However, I believe that this will not be possible without a drastic altercation to our current code of running things otherwise... What would need to happen, is the establishment of a one world government and the mass genocide of billions of people... It may sound scary, but many people believe that it is inevitable -- or at least possible... And through this, I think that it will be possible.
Even now many new denominations are being made either identifying itself openly as a religion or hiding with a political or scientific disguise. A religion usually requires a group of people with similar unwavering beliefs and rules that they follow. As long as there's things to question, there will always be religion. And there is always things to question.
It just seems to be set in the human nature.
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After religion has caused people to torture and kill innocent people and animals and after it has opposed almost every moral progress in the world from every mitigation of slavery to almost every improvement in criminal law and most people still believe its from a perfect god id have to say no. We will never live in a world without religion. But there are a lot of innocent victims that wished we lived in a world without religion. Like slaves or todays pets that are sold to crack heads that give them to their messed up kids who dont know right from wrong so they get tortured and then starve to death after the crack head daddy stops buying it food. As long as there is stupidity and moral incompetency in the world there will always be religion.
Knowing that religion is a set of beliefs, and man always believes and has faith in things, religion will always be constant.
"religion" will cease to exist when Jesus returns, however.
Religion is man working his way to a god; Christianity is God coming down to earth and doing it for us, so that faith in Christ, NOT WORKS, gives us eternal life.
Though atheism has recently had a large growth spurt, there will always be some that wish there was something after our mortal life. Because religion claims to fulfill this need is why it has become so necessary to most people. Most people either can't or won't accept their own mortality. Because they can't or won't they must deny the obvious proof that science shows by any means.
As science discovered the truth about the our planet and the rest of the universe, religion needed to adapt to combat it. Because the crown and clergy went hand in hand, this made things easy. In ancient times and even in some countries today, you can be put to death for saying thing that contradict religious scriptures. This is why facts like a spherical earth, and a heliocentric solar system took hundreds of years to be accepted as truth.
As more and more countries became less controlled by religion, religion had to adapt in different ways. Because science is getting closer and closer to proving the theory of evolution as confirmed fact, some religions have adapted to survive. Because evolution contradicts creationism, if and when it is proven conclusively it would negate the existence of creator so they have adapted to it by says "Sure, evolution is true, but God caused it to happen." Because of these reasons, there will always be religion.
Religions all have particular functions in human culture and human life.
1) Build community within the group of devotees
2) Provide a basis for moral or ethical codes of behavior
3) Provide a cosmology to explain origins and define the place of humanity in the universe.
4) Answer questions of ‘ultimate reality’ like “What happens to us after we die?”
In general, these functions are often, but not always, accomplished in conjunction with
5) Symbolism that may be in the form abstract symbols, symbolic objects, symbolic patterns of behavior, or symbolic stories.
6) A concept of a nonmaterial ‘higher power’ (deity) or some sort of non-corporeal beings or forces (demons, angels, spirits, luck, fate, etc.)
It is easy to identify these markers in the cases of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Paganism, and myriad tribal beliefs, even when the culture does not separate these behaviors out as specifically religious, or when the language has no word for religion.
These defining principles provide a surprising insight, when we look at science, particularly the field (sect? Denomination?) of physics
1) Community: The scientific and academic community of physics has professional and scholarly organizations, such as schools within universities, conventions, etc. These believers interact, disagree, and cooperate in research.
2) Morals/ethics: There are rules of behavior such as honesty in research, prohibitions against publishing someone else’s research or theories as one’s own, repeating an experiment prior to declaring the results as truth
3) Cosmology: The field pointedly has constructed, and continues to construct cosmologies such as the Big Bang, string- theory and M-theory, the multiverse. The field has laid out concepts of time and where/when we are in the age of the universe, and articulated the nature of the construction of the universe and us, including photons, atoms and subatomic particles like the Higgs Boson.
4) Ultimate reality: The short answer is that we die and are changed by physical processes, but our substance never goes away due to the law of conservation of mass and energy. This is a stretch, but the concept of multiple/alternate realities, as well as non-linear concepts of time provides for tenuous belief in that our consciousness exists eternally in the time in which we lived, both in this universe and alternates.
5) Symbolism: What physicists actually believe are equations and data sets, but they present this in the form of models like the Big Bang.
6) A nonmaterial ‘higher power’ The laws of physics are not physical, but act on the physical universe with absolute authority. They are the ultimate higher power.
Even if superstitions like Christianity and Islam go away, I am pretty sure science will endure, and continue to supply the role that religion fills.