This is one of the few truly optimistic trends I've seen lately: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/no-religion-officially-overtakes-christianity-in-new-zealand-census-stats
Here's a better article: https://www.stats.govt.nz/news/losing-our-religion
Now, the big question: when (based on the historical trend) is NZ likely to achieve an atheist majority?
@lightweight I remember evangelicals coming up to me in Wellington every once in a while. The sallys too. I also remember this lecture series at a Luthern church, about the importance religion served in our social evolution/growth; how it's important to recognize that even if we don't believe in it. Welly and ChCh also had small, cozy, Unitarian communities.
@djsumdog it certainly played a role, but it'd be hard to compare to what it would've been if there'd been no religion, as that wasn't a possibility in the past. Thankfully, it is now.
Why does it matter?
I'm an atheist myself but I'm pretty sure there's enough room for everyone in this space.
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