Phillip Longman, Emerging Worldviews

from David Weinberg's Blog:

"Unless the secular societies find a way to reproduce themselves, the future belongs to fundamentalists...that is, a new dark ages." (Longman's at the New America Foundation.)

More exactly: Fallling birthrates will bring a breakdown of modern welfare states, and the inability of secular societies ro reproduce themselves will lead to the rise of fundamentalist states.

 

[Longman] goes through the numbers.

 

I, of course, I can't evaluate them because, well, they're numbers. "Does the future belong to those who believe a higher power command them to procreate? On the surface, the answer seems to be yes." One conclusion: The future of America, demographically speaking, belongs to the Mormons, he suggests."

 

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