What makes a large proportion of the Dutch population secularized? How do you look at it?

The combination of everything: growth of prosperity, access to education, the invention of contraceptives for women and therefore more space for women’s rights, the Second World War that has shaken Europe and has put it to the mind.

How do I look at this?This is a normal process.

It is a good thing, religion has stopped us for far too long and it would be good if we would stop a value to be attached to religion.

I think that education has played an important role, we are on average better educated and in majority learning to think better.We are no longer simply taking on what an authority claims – not even what the pastor or the pastor tries to make us wise.

In addition, religion is generally ‘ hereditary ‘-you get it from your parents.Because more and more parents no longer believe, the next generations will not do that either.

Finally, the circumstances are good to let go of faith: we have more access to information and the uncertainties in our lives have certainly declined enormously over the past seventy years.

The more and more reliable â € “through a thoughtful combination of productivity and social legislation â €” a society provides for the collective fulfilment of basic needs (food, clothing, housing, medical care, education and transport), the less life Uncertainty among its citizens.And where there is less life uncertainty, there is less need for faith.That is why Flanders, the Netherlands, and, in general, Europe are so strongly secularised.

However, this uncertainty is much higher in the US, Russia, and in developing countries.You can see that religiosity is immediately luscious. Misery sells Bibles.

There are a number of processes that play simultaneously.This makes it very difficult to pinpoint exactly which process has initiated the other processes.

I myself believe that religion is a remnant out of more scared times, and from more ignorant times.Banger because the world was more uncertain and more dangerous, and more ignorant because one was quite little of the world around them.

Man is a prey animal, very very original.Prey animals are wary and are alert to signals that there is a hunter nearby. That grass is moving, is that a lion? Oh, no, there is no lion. Happy. Oh, the grass is moving again, is it now called a lion? Oh, not again. I see something delis, is that a hyena? Oh, no, it’s a rock.

So what man does is discover patterns.That’s why people like it so much to discover patterns in everything they see: Clouds, hills, the stucco patterns on the ceiling, riddles like â € œ2, 4, 6, what is the next number? â €, search images, word search puzzles etc.

What happens with the pattern of â € œthe grass moves but there is no lion? â € man knows the pattern: if something moves, then there is something that does that move.There is intent behind it. And that we have the gods, who move that grass.

Religious thinking is actually a wrong conclusion of a pattern seeker.

With the increase in knowledge and the increase in the dissemination of knowledge, the reinterpretation of that wrong conclusion is invoked.Knowing wind makes the god who moves the grass disappears.

And that is causing secularisation to occur.

These are all the factors that involved and exerted influence on each other so that it could take a huge flight:

  • Increase in knowledge
  • Increasing industrialization
  • Increasing prosperity
  • Children compulsory to school
  • Increase in dissemination of that knowledge
  • The sexual revolution
  • Television
  • Holidays to other countries
  • Tourists in their own country
  • The rekicking of sacred houses in the years â € ̃ 60.

In addition to being one of the least religious countries, the Netherlands is also one of the most egalitarian countries.

The secularisation was mainly due to television.My sister was on catechisation, but there were fewer people, because they stayed at home to watch the Flintstones. About 1966.

The Netherlands was an aggravated country, everyone was in his own pillar.Catholics at Catholics and reformed at the refored. The teevee broke through those verzuiling. Fons Jansen, who seized the Catholics, was also listened to by us. The Vatican Council, which abolished the Latin Mass, also made an end to the miracle.

As a six-year-olds (1960) I still sat in a full church, with children’s service and everything.Ten years later it was over and we were in the middle of the emptying. My sister and brother have believed for a while, in which I don’t know, it got something humanistic. In my opinion, their faith is little by little worn.

Some ten years ago I went to a church again in Groningen.The church was packed full, especially with students. I think some kind of babtists.

I have also been a Catholic mass once, not five years ago.Especially old females, who called Mary. “Remember us and in the hour of our death.” Then the one preceded in prayer, then the other. I found it to have something black galligs.

I think that at the moment in the Islamic world, such secularization takes place under the influence of the Internet.But if you lose your faith there, you often do so covertly, because Allah leaves no loopset.

Education: knowledge, and learning to think at a higher and more abstract level.

With Anna I agree that the Second World War has helped: all those God-fearing people are murdering each other, supported and encouraged by the fascists by the Catholic Church, by the Allied cities (civilians) bombing in the name of the church.

It was still doubted in the fifties, when the Godly people continued to continue [for NL: Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, and in the way of deployment oppression remained fanatical, the hypocrisy became too great, and the newest (also much better educated) generation itself Think.

And as soon as you ponder [and have some knowledge of logic, religion remains little.In addition, all the (children’s) suffering in the world is too big [something that has brought the TV tremendously closer, which every God defines as inert.

My opinion: There cannot be enough thought in a society.
Long live the ratio!

It will have multiple causes, perhaps the Flintstones:), but one of the causes is certainly better education (thank God:). People continue to study instead that they start working young and gain better insight into what religion is and how it works.

Increase in prosperity and decrease in social control.In the past there were many people in the church because they sought help in their material misery at the higher or because they were born in a certain pillar, where you were expected to grow. People went to the Reformed Church, the children went to the reformed school, you bought your meat from the Reformed butcher and your bread with the Reformed Baker and so on. So it was also for the Catholic Church and in a way for the non-ecclesiastical workers, who were members of the PvdA, the NVV (later FNV) and the Vara.

The pillars mutually had the tacit agreement that you did not speak about your belief with people from another pillar, because that was not decent.

The individualisation has put an end to the pillarisation and we have it all so well, that we have no more material misery for which we seek our help at the higher.For our spiritual distress, our screaming loneliness and the bottomless hole of chronic infill in our deepest innermost, we seek in our boundless I-focus aid in yoga, dietary supplements, meditation, astrology, antidepressants and light digestible variants on oriental religions. For I experience it every time as shocking in what inimitable poppycock people believe who have supposedly freed themselves from the shocking traditional faith.

Why not?We are just a practical people. And what could be more practical than keeping you busy with unnecessary hassles or worrying about high unlikely things like life to death or the virginess of Mary?

How do I look at it?I am even atheist, so positive.

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