May I ask a question on the subject of this thread? Must we assume there WILL be the Next religious tradition? Will there ever be a time when the next tradition will be free of religion? Will our humans ever figure out that tradition often brings wars among all other humans. In reading and listening to the Republican Primary candidates it was pretty obvious that wars are good for workers and jobs were the base for the political plans.
IMO it will when the need for religion eventually fades away but not in our lifetime Sandy. The number of nones are slowly growing in this country as science begins to push back the frontiers of the unknown answering the questions that belief supplied. Also, when people begin to wean themselves off the emotional crutch that religious belief provides and rely only on their family, community and government for support and not pie in the sky. Organized religion has only been around as long as civilization, roughly 10,000 years and has evolved since then to become a traditional institution intertwined with political systems from theocracies to republics so untangling the two won’t be easy. But like slavery, people will have to become active in the struggle and not just assume religion will evolve away. Ex. The CFI suits fighting creationism and demanding such religious symbols such as nativity scenes and marble ten commandments on courthouse lawns. It may sound ludicrous to some and nitpicking but it’s a start and a visible sign that nones object to state sponsored religion. It would also eliminate the perceived need for state sponsored religious wars. No more “holy causes”.