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How does religion not have the power they use to have?

I am helping someone with relgious education homework
Question asked by: nik nik

Asked on: 26 Jan 2010

Religions do not have the power that they used to, particularly in the West.

In the olden days, Church and State formed a very powerful union and were closely linked. The influence of the Church and Church policy on the country was very strong. This was partly due to the fact that the world was less democratised in those days, and people were less educated of course; therefore with a predominant ruling class power was centralised in state and Church, whose clergy were unusually well educated for the time.

Now, as time has gone on and the world has gradually become more liberal, people have become more educated, and there has been a decline in religious belief too meaning that the powerbase of religions, particularly Christianity, is much less than it used to be.

All of this adds up to a declining influence, in many Western countries now there is almost zero influence from religion with many countries being effectively secular.

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Replied at: 27 Jan 2010
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