Are we atheistic Humanists able to predict
the Next religious tradition?
Depends on how many years in future we place the Next one.
I failed to predict that Words of Faith from Tulsa would get so big
as it did where I live in Northern Europe. They also surprised
the Pentecostal churches we had. They where taken by total surprise
and had a hard time to catch up and to get the dissenters back who
migrated to the Next religious tradition. Now they seems to have decided
that it is impossible to get them back so better to cooperate with the Next.
Is it not reasonable to expect it does not stop there? Sooner or later some other
Next version of religious tradition does start up and become big?
A kind of re-imagination going on. Like in any entertainment biz
they re-invent old stories and makes them look new or to be
the Next big thing to have faith in. Re-imagining being a way to survive?
It could be explained with humans seeking novelty and the generations
need for to self identify?
Compare with music industry popping out new idols so fast that
the public almost get fed up with too much choice?
But the public turn easily into being bored if there are no new boy band
or Teen Idol to marvel about as the cutest one. Soon forgotten just a few
Religions last a bit longer but them too change for to appear new and fresh?
So can we as atheistic humanists predict what the Next big religious trad will be?
Fundamentalism seems to be a good bet? Liberal churches seems to decline.
Few care about them.
And political exploitation of faith seems to go strong. Anti-sex education
and anti-abortion and pro-free-and Home schooling may rise even stronger?
I have for a long time now find it likely that some variant of Political Correctness
turned into a kind of religious tradition that becomes very literally fundamentalist
but what kind of religion it turns out to be I can not guess. Not likely it would become
a supernatural faith. It needs to be some kind of post modern relativism that
are very righteous in their take on moral behavior? But PC is one of faster growing
faiths as I see it. But I can be wrong.
Say them are big the next 25 or 50 years to come.
Then to guess what happens at next 100 years seems very risky.
All trends say that Liberal religious traditions will most likely not survive
and that a few stubborn fundy literal faith will be a fierce minority at most
some 5% of the population?
If the trends among music fans is to rely on then independent acts of musician
seems to be a good reliable trend so could not that also be true for religion.
Think of independent preachers popping up doing their own non-affiliated thing
and them publishing blogs and videos and doing crowd sourcing online and
touring from group to group that sponsor these individual independent believers
that will be like Singer Song Writers in that they are the face of the Next faith
that they individually and independently interpret and perform as an act of faith .
Don’t some musicians already work a bit like that them including texts
and songs that are religious and they tour from Church to Church singing
and people have more easy to relate to the singer song writer than a Pastor
that only give them the text but not the emotional experience that a musician can give?
So for them to survive living on their music they may go that route?
A lot of Jazz musicians survived by doing concerts in Churches when they got
out of job due to Rock and Pop and Disco and House and whathaveyou took over?