Christianity is losing followers
I found this article about how Christianity is losing followers at an alarming rate. It appears that the number of people who claim they have no affiliation to any religion has doubled in the last twenty years.
I believe what is happening is partially because of the economy, but over the years, I've also seen people realize that Christianity doesn't really offer you any thing you can't get on your own. Why pay church collection money when you can use that money on other things and actually get some thing in return? Why get up early and go to church when you can sleep in on weekends?
I also believe the events surrounding churches have taken their toll. Pedophiles in the Catholic faith, hypocrite gay leaders who come out of the closet after years of lying, and religious leaders who drive expensive cars, own expensive homes and wear more gold on their body than Fort Knox. People are starting to see the fallacy of religion.
As time passes, religions will also lose followers because the "grand event" will never come. There will be no "messiah" who comes to heal the sick or defeat evil. As technology increases and people become more interconnected with instant news, instant video and others forms of instant communication, the odds of another "dark ages" will never come.
Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.