Renowned philosopher AC Grayling believes religion is not growing, but rather becoming more vigorous in its decline. He argues that the apparent rise in religious fervour is not an indication of growth, but a reaction to the increasing secularisation of society. Grayling suggests that as societies become more secular, religious groups feel threatened and respond with heightened intensity.

Grayling’s view is supported by data from the Pew Research Centre, which indicates a global decline in religious affiliation. Despite this, the remaining religious communities are becoming more fervent and vocal in their beliefs. This intensity may give the impression of growth, but it is actually a sign of religion’s struggle to remain relevant in an increasingly secular world.

Grayling also criticises the role of religion in politics, stating that it has no place in the decision-making processes of modern societies. He believes that religion should be a private matter, and its influence in public affairs should be limited. Grayling’s views are part of a wider debate about the role of religion in contemporary society, a debate that is likely to continue as societies around the world become more secular.

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