The number of religions around the world has grown from 1.7 billion to 2.6 billion.
A new study from the University of Chicago finds the number of faiths is declining, and its researchers say religion may be on the decline because of a shift in thinking about religion.
The study, which surveyed 2,700 adults around the globe between June 2014 and June 2017, found that about half of respondents thought their religion was false or fake, down from about one-third in 2011.
The study found that more than one-quarter said their religion is based on faith.
The percentage of respondents who say they attend a mosque, a Sikh temple or a Buddhist temple has fallen from 50% to 31% over the last decade.
A number of countries have changed their legal status to allow for greater participation in traditional faiths, but others have struggled to adapt.
A recent report from the World Values Survey said countries including Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Philippines have all changed their constitutions to allow people to participate in the religious life of their countries, while Indonesia, Vietnam and Egypt have not.
“These countries have always been a bit bit more conservative than the U.S.,” said Mark Zandi, professor of religion at the University at Buffalo.
In the study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, Zandi and his co-authors looked at data on religious affiliation and beliefs of 2,073 people in six countries.
The researchers also collected data on their level of religious observance, their age, ethnicity, social class, education and level of religiosity.
The results revealed that people who are less religious than their peers in the study are more likely to be atheists and agnostics.
“There are more people who identify themselves as atheist than agnosticism, and the older people are, the more likely they are to be an atheist,” Zandi said.
“There are fewer atheists among younger people.
Zandi said religious beliefs are not a monolithic thing, but more and more people are starting to see themselves as being religious, even if they don’t believe in the exact tenets of their religion. “
That’s not surprising.”
Zandi said religious beliefs are not a monolithic thing, but more and more people are starting to see themselves as being religious, even if they don’t believe in the exact tenets of their religion.
In many cases, people are beginning to accept that they may not be religious, but they’re still not sure.
“We know that religion is not all that it seems to be,” Zanda said.
Researchers said they didn’t see a correlation between religious affiliation levels and how people felt about religion, but there are other factors that could have a role.
Zanda said that some of the findings can be useful for policy makers.
“What we found is that religion can be a kind of proxy for a lot of things that are going on in our society,” he said.
“For example, it could help determine the sort of people who come to a public place, how they’re treated and who they are going to vote for, and that sort of thing.”
There is evidence that people have a more liberal and more liberal political attitude than they used to, and a more tolerant attitude toward people of different beliefs and different political views,” he added.
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