Loss of faith in religion

Decline of religion
Loss of religious tradition
Lack of religious activity
Lack of religious conviction
As scientific knowledge advances, the all-inclusive dogmatism of religions recede. People turn from religion and from those values directly, and sometimes indirectly, derived from sacred authority. However, because religions have developed total approaches to life and ready answers and ritual-like responses to life situations, independence from religious beliefs presents problems of autonomy and responsibility for individual behaviour for many people. Their independence gives them a greater vulnerability to self-doubt and uncertainty. From the standpoint of individual psychology, a more-or-less abrupt loss of faith can be symptomatic of a personality crisis or of emotional or mental disturbance or disorder. Loss of faith can aggravate depression or be produced by it. A gradual loss of faith may undermine 'divinely' sanctioned interrelationship patterns, for example, of offspring to parents, and of marital partners. Loss of faith therefore may lead to family break-ups but more importantly, as a contagion or chain-effect reaction, may undermine all positive values, leaving only a vacuum of egoism or nihilistic residue.

The inability of traditional religions to meet the spiritual needs of people has resulted in an increase in attendance in fringe religious organizations and in individualistic spiritualism.

Matthew Arnold wrote in the 19th century of the 'melancholy, long withdrawing roar' of the sea of faith.
1. In eastern European countries, and notably Russia, there has been a major revival of faith. By 1991, 30% of Russian who had previously considered themselves atheists had become believers in God. In the UK in 1993 surveys consistently found that 70% of people believed in God, with only 5% stating that they did not.

2. The secular society is a modern myth. Most people still believe, even though they don't participate in church. Out-and-out atheists are relatively rare. The European Values Study in 1990 showed that more than 70% of British people believe in God, nearly the same number believed in sin and 64% believed in the soul, whether or not they subscribed to any religion.

3. People may not belong but they still believe. The Alister Hardy Research Centre in Oxford, which investigates religious experiences, revealed in 1987 that 48% of respondents to a survey claimed to have had religious experience; many had been too embarrassed to talk about them.

Secularization [in 10 loops]
Irreligiousness [in 8 loops]
(F) Fuzzy exceptional problems