If you live in the US, or want to, there’s a good argument for living in these places…
California’s Alpine County, Hawaii’s Kalawao County, Nevada’s Esmeralda County, New York’s Bronx and Richmond counties, Michigan’s Macomb County and Nevada’s Clark County.
Because they are the parts of America with the lowest religious participation per capita.
But there are other parts of the US with low participation, as you can see on this map here from the Washington Post(more red equals more religious participation, the paler it is, the less interest there is):
It’s a map that has some folk running scared. It “shows how washed out and feeble Catholicism and mainline Protestantism have become,” says one. “They may occupy the same territory that they did 50 years ago, but the … map [above]tells a dismal story.”
Sad, isn’t it.
And it’s not just religious participation that’s declining. American atheism is on the rise. It’s still only one in five, but it is “the fastest growing ‘religious’ group in America.” So a trend is evident.
The job remaining is to offer those increasing numbers shunning religion something better to replace it than just sheer nihilism. That’s where a rational philosophy comes in.
[Hat tip Stephen Hicks]