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What religion do you think is the most popular and growing of this era?

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M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just curious as to what people outside of my area think. My whole town is some form of Christianity, while I'm not. So what do you think?
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kyupol Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
More of new-age / eastern spirituality. Cuz its all about meditation and attaining nirvana. No big meanie God to thump the Bible into his head. And no angry hopeless world view that this world is all there is and you are just like any other animal.

(um... look at the Bible deeply enough you find out that new age / eastern spirituality seems to miss out on something... *sigh* all these angry preachers make God look like a dictator...)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hopefully the fastest growing 'religious' demographic is atheism or non-religion.
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Tidal-Wave-Art Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's Islam.
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maltese101 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Atheism and Islam, I think..
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EricThomasStudios Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
In the U.S., Christianity is the dominant and atheism and non-spiritualism are the most on the rise.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Islam is the fastest growing religion but Atheism is growing faster than Islam.
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:iconvanhir:
Vanhir Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Atheism isn't a religion, it's a lack of one.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Well, a lack of gods anyway. Atheists can be religious and there are religions which are atheistic. But atheism isn't itself a religion. Nor is theism.
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I know.
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Birdynum-num Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Islam is the fastest growing religion across the globe.

I wouldn't count atheism as a religion, though atheists are really increasing in numbers. So if atheism was a religion I'd say it was the fastest growing.
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Globally probably Islam and Christianity. Unsurprisingly because they send missionaries. How many other religions makes it a requirement you have to try and convert other people?
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:iconmcdenis09:
McDenis09 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't you see anti-Christianity propaganda all over the internet?
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Haven't you've seen propaganda everywhere all over the internet? People have opinions. Only a few people send missionaries to third world countries because their religion requires them to do so. Hence there are a shit ton of Christians over the face of the Earth.
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McDenis09 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
INTERNETZ: ATHEIST EARTH
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
If I recall the statistics on this, Islam and evangelical/charismatic Christianity top the list as far as rate of growth in past decade. Actually, if I recall, Mormonism is somewhere up there too. There are also an increasing number of Americans identifying as no religion in particular. I'm too lazy right now to Google it, but you should be able to find this stuff on the Pew Forum website. Specific to the US, obviously, but I know there are international surveys as well.
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool.
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:iconwhiskyomega:
WhiskyOmega Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Christianity and Catholicism still seem to be the most popular religions in my agrea, although I'm Pagan.
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What sect of paganism or the actual pagan religion?
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There are no sects in paganism and there isn't a universal pagan religion. Like ~dragondemon53 said: "paganism" is a blanket term that refers to non–Abrahamic religions in general and you have a diverse range polytheistic, pantheistic, animistic, and shamanistic belief systems that have all been referred to as being "pagan" at one time or another.
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JeweledScarab Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Paganism is a blanket term for non-Abrahamic religions (excluding the eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism). Paganism not a religion itself.
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It has many meanings. At one time there was indeed a religion called paganism.
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:iconjeweledscarab:
JeweledScarab Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, there was NEVER a religion called "paganism."
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well in what research I did, there is a small amount of information suggesting that there was.
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:iconjeweledscarab:
JeweledScarab Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You've been researching in the wrong places.
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wasn't the only person to find this. A few of my teachers even presented this information to me.
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WhiskyOmega Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
A little bit of everything, actually. I take from every sect what I need but don't follow the beliefs of any one of them anymore then the others. It seems to work for me.
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do that with the traditions of the Wiccan Sect.
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:iconwaltzingchicken:
WaltzingChicken Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that more and more people are becoming New Age Believers
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First for that one on here. I'm actually a neo-paganist, part of the wiccan sect.
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Islam.
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very true.
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bryosgirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
From what I've seen, more people are abandoning specific branches of the abrahamic religion and turning to non-denomination.
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool.
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cooldas Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In countries like China or India, Christianity is growing because of there are many missionaries there. In America, maybe atheism, but I guess it's not a religion..
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually atheism is a religion. It is the religion based off the idea that there is nothing else besides this life.
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cooldas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Atheists would disagree with you..

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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Atheism is not a religion. :|
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depends on your views. To me yes. Just because there is no god doesn't mean they don't have a set of morals that they follow.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
A system of morals is not in itself a religion.
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M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True. But to some atheism is a religion. Its a systems of beliefs and morals. Therefor in my eyes it is a religion.
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Isn't.

My parents were born in China, their system of belief and morality is based on Chinese society. I was born in Canada, for the most part my system of belief and morality is based on Canadian society. We are both atheists. For examples I have many atheist friends who take up issue with my stances on marriage, abortion, feminism, pragmatism, worth of art, foreign affairs, politics, and philosophy, yet we're all atheists.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Atheism is simply a philosophical position on the existence of God, nothing more nothing less. Holding a position of theism doesn't necessarily mean that a person ascribes to a particular religion, so why should it work the other way?

Also, since you insist that atheism is a religion, could you maybe give me a rundown of rituals, symbols, metaphysical positions shared by all atheists?
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To me atheism is just one persons own view on beliefs.
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JeweledScarab Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Atheism has no system of beliefs or morals. It is simply a lack of belief there is a god. No two Atheists are going to have the same beliefs or moral system. Therefore, it is not, and cannot be a religion.
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M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still, in my opinion it is. We obviously disagree.
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LustGodVampire91 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say atheist......Don't have anything against them....." If there was no God.There'd be no Atheist"
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's what lost of people say, my loving potato
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LustGodVampire91 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh....okay
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:iconm-kelley:
M-Kelley Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol
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ElDynamite Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Atheism is on the rise.
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