What is the Future of Religion in the Next 100 Years Now That It’s Being Hijacked by Extremists?
Your question is like asking what the future of a dreamer would be in the next 10 hours after dawn.
The dreamer would definitely wake up to the reality placed before him and forget the make-believe fantasy of sleep.
I think that perhaps you are mistaken in your assessment of the current state of affairs in regard to world religion. Although there may have been a recent spike in Muslim extremism, if anything, most religions are much LESS extreme than they used to be.
For example, I am a Roman Catholic. You don't see Catholics launching crusades, burning people at the stake for blasphemy or holding inquisitions these days though.
Similarly, you don't see Jews stoning members for being adulterers, Fundamentalists going on witch hunts or the KKK riding around and lynching minorities.
Getting your information from TV and the Internet provides a very warped perspective of modern religion. Typically, news outlets are in the business of reporting BAD news. Thus, the only coverage you are likely to see on religion is when some lone nutcase does something to draw attention to themselves. You never see the story of the 99.9% of the faithful who are not extremists. If you want a better perspective on the reality of today's religions, I would suggest going to the services at 100 different churches in your own community (most do not mind having guests sit in on services) and then report back on how many of them turned out to be preaching extremist views. I think you would find that there is no more extremism in religion than you would find in comparison to any other groups these days.
historically they gain power, exert control. the populace simmers in discontent.. eventually they rise up overthrow the religion and its leaders and replace it with something else. that eventually goes thru the same cycle.
religious leaders like political leaders, eventually become leaders out of a lust for power and control. it hasnt failed yet, and I doubt it ever will.
Amerikkka is in the process of a post-christian existence.
Due largely to the fact that white christians no-longer use force to enforce the idea that Amerikkka is a Christian nation.
You will see China rise as a Christian nation buoyed by the same fanaticism that once gripped Amerikkka.
A Holy war if you will; of course wholly justified by some Christian extremist.
Appearantly when people have the freedom to choose they don't choose Christianity...
See what happens when you take your boot off of peoples necks and allow them "free will" ?...
I doubt that all of religion is being 'hijacked' by extremism, but I do see people becoming more spiritual, and not necessarily religious.
To be Lowjacked by Pascifists, or pehaps become the IT centers for the World Bank and the Council on Foreign Relations. LOL. BB16.
James, the brother of Jesus, wrote that "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world" (James 1:27).
So in 100 years, that will still be pure and undefiled religion. And in 100 years we will still have people using religion for their own power and gain, just like we have had since the beginning of time.
The scary thing about many extremists is their willingness to kill others for their "religion." It is up to those of us who are not extremists yet religious to keep Jesus' gospel of peace alive and active. For through it the world can be transformed.
Diabetesreporter beat me to my answer. Extremism is nothing new, and if anything, it has probably gone down over time. It seems to particularly fade in countries that have developed into modern economies. When people have opportunities to do something with their lives other than becoming a suicide bomber or looking for a savior, they tend to take these opportunities. Even in the Muslim nations that we most closely associate with Islamic fundamentalism, extremists are in the minority, and most reports that I have heard indicate that they are becoming less popular over time.
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