Atheism in Russia Falls by 50 Percent in Three Years

Atheism in Russia Falls by 50 Percent in Three Years, by Thomas Williams.

The number of Russians who identify as atheists has fallen by 50 percent in just three years, according to a recent poll by the Levada research center.

The poll, which was conducted in late June, revealed that the number of Russian atheists, or those who consider themselves “absolutely irreligious,” fell sharply from 26 percent in 2014 to just 13 percent in 2017.

Religious believers now make up 86 percent of the population, the survey found, with 44 percent describing themselves as “quite religious,” 33 percent as “not too religious” and 9 percent as “very religious.” …

Fifty-nine percent of respondents hold a favorable view of Islam, while 17 percent have “conflicted feelings” toward them and 13 percent look on Muslims with “dislike” or “fear.”

The leftist narrative is that society progresses from paganism, to a monotheistic religion such as Christianity, then grows more rational and abandons the superstitions of religion altogether. An alternative narrative, much more prominent in history, is that societies that lose religion fall into corruption and excessive self centered-ness, leading to hedonism–the then become unsustainable, and then either fail to survive or else they find religion again.

The left likes to believe that their thoughts and dictums can replace the moral teachings and psychological wisdom of the past (“religion is so yesterday, our way is so rational and much more fun”).

We shall see.

hat-tip Charles, Stephen Neil