Eric Kaufmann is a political scientist and author of the recently published Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?.
With all the current talk about the revival of religion, political scientist Eric Kaufmann takes a look at the statistics and muses that if demography is any guide, the world over the next half century will become much more religious and much more conservative.
Eric Kaufmann is a writer, researcher and teacher of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History and The Rise and Fall of Anglo America.
Can a seemingly simple shift in demographics reshape the political and religious landscape of a nation? Eric Kaufmann, author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, attributes conservative religious movements in both the United States and the Middle East to rising birth rates among particular populations.
Fundamentalist religious groups have a long history of high birth rates, so why are they just now positioned to drastically expand? Author Eric Kaufmann points to the increasing use of contraception among secular communities, as well as explicit attempts at "militant fecundity" among certain religious sects, such as the Quiverfull movement.
Statistical study of human populations, especially with reference to size and density, distribution, and vital statistics. Contemporary demographic concerns include the global birth rates, the interplay between population and economic development, the effects of birth control, urban congestion, illegal immigration, and labour force statistics. The basis for most demographic research lies in population censuses and the registration of vital statistics.
Why hate religion so much, people? I grew up in China, without any religion, but at fifteen, despite my family's anger, I became a Christian. Be glad that you HAVE religion, because not all places in this day and age do.
The most important difference in the struggle between secularists and fundamentalists today as opposed to the past are the cultural memes of freedom and equality. While the world may be about to lurch to the far right, we will never entirely return to the middle ages. Too many people want freedom. Too many people believe in civil rights. Everyone has some basic understanding of and belief in science. Only fringe people make burnt offerings or read entrails. Of the people who believe in astrology, I suspect only a small percent rely on it to make big decisions. Religion will always be a means of control, but in the West, at least, it will be tempered by liberal ideas.
"Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.'s imperialist, terrorist holy war on the world.
"Conservative" ideology has never helped mankind in any way. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. It has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. You decide what kind of country you want to live in."