Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century

Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century


By (author) Eric Kaufmann

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 28mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846681448
  • ISBN 13: 9781846681448
  • Sales rank: 199,773

Product description

This title explains demography and politics in the twenty-first century. It may be that Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have won the argument for secularism with the majority of the West. But the facts point in the other direction: what no one has noticed is that far from declining, religious populations are actually multiplying. This extraordinary demographic phenomenon indicates that the more religious people are, the more children they will have. Within Judaism, the Ultra-Orthodox will almost certainly achieve a majority status over their liberal counterparts this century. Evangelical and neo-traditional Christians will follow suit and Islamist Muslims are not far behind. Not only will the religious eventually triumph over the non-religious, but it is those who are the most extreme in their beliefs who have the largest families. Drawing on extensive demographic research, and considering questions of multiculturalism, nationalism and terrorism, Kaufmann examines the implications of the decline in liberal secularism as religious conservatism rises - and what this will mean for the future of western modernity.

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Author information

Eric Kaufmann is a fellow at the Belfer Centre, Harvard University, and former Reader in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck. He is a frequent contributor to Prospect and other publications.

Review quote

"Brilliant and provocative. . . .A book every liberal should read."--John Gray "Kaufmann is controversial, highly informative, and thought provoking. A not-to-be-missed contribution to one of the most pressing and complex debates of modern time."--"Morning Star"