Traditionally, religion has been a constant in societies and cultures worldwide since the beginning of time. In the past, they were even the determining factor in how man shapes his life. This is still the case in many countries.
However, it is a fact that not all people believe in one God and many of them even concretely attribute themselves to atheism. Fewer and fewer people are active members of church communities, and in some countries even religious education has been banned from schools.
To answer the question of whether atheism is a problem in the 21st century, one first has to understand what this concept really is.
The term atheism comes from ancient Greek and means “without God”. This is the rejection of the belief in God. In many definitions, the agnostics (agnostic atheism) are housed under the term atheism. Agnostics believe that the actual existence of God is unexplained and will remain unexplained in the future. Followers of this concept believe only in things and facts that are factually proven and above all, verifiable.
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Proponents of religions and beliefs believe that lack of faith above all carries great danger: the lack of moral action. Religion is a value in itself and must therefore be a firm place in modern society.
Atheists, on the other hand, argue that religion cannot be imposed in the form of school education and constitutes a personal choice of will. Especially in recent years, non-religious groups are trying to point out the negative development of religious fanaticism. Unfortunately, terrorism, which is founded on religious beliefs, is in the meantime a constant of everyday life faced by people all over the world.
Are beliefs really a problem?
Looking deep, neither belief nor atheism is a problem in and of itself. The real problem is that the debate for or against religion is attempted with arguments that relate to stereotypical statements and thus one has big flaws: incomprehension and knowledge gaps.
Rather than seeing religion or atheism as a problem or weakness, a modern 21st century society should invest more in educating and understanding their concepts. Religious education in schools is not wrong in itself, but should be used much more to explain different beliefs and to sensitize children from the early age to accept other faiths or non-believers. This will have the immediate consequence that even the racism that is impregnated due to religious prejudice children can be counteracted early on.
The real problem of the 21st century regarding religion is the fact that we still do not adequately educate. Yes, religion can help people to promote moral thinking and action, but is not limited to the Christian faith, but to 99 percent of all faiths. However, the modern church should now also be able to accept that there are people who simply do not believe in a higher power. These are not sinners, but people who enrich their moral compass from other sources, be it literature or history.