Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?

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Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century is a book written by the British academic Eric Kaufmann whose expertise is in the area of how demographic changes affect religion/irreligion and politics.

Kaufmann, who is an agnostic, maintains that: the religious will grow as a percentage of the world's population in the 21st century; the more religious people are, the more children they have; those who are most fervent in their religion - namely fundamentalists - have the largest families; most people inherit their faith from their parents, who often inoculate their children against the arguments of secularists; the cumulative effect of immigration from religious countries, and religious fertility will be to reverse the secularisation process in the Western World (sometime between 2021 and 2050), religious conservatism will triumph over liberal secularism in the 21st century.[1][2]


The English political philosopher John Gray, who is an atheist, reviewed Kaufmann's book and indicated: "Brilliant and provocative. . . .A book every liberal should read."[3]

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