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|Should Organized Religion Lose its Place in Society?|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Friday, 30 August 2013 12:37|
‘Despite the Problems, Don’t Throw out the Baby with the
Bathwater,’ Says Ex Worldwide Church of God Minister
There are several indicators that organized religion is on the decline, not just in Western Europe, but also in the United States.
Only 37 percent of Americans believe clergy contribute significantly to society’s well-being, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Even among regular church goers, only about half, 52 percent, say clergy contribute “a lot” to the betterment of society.
Gallup and Pew polls provide these other indicators:
“America is still the most devoutly religious first world country – other Pew polls indicate that most teens and 20-somethings still consider themselves ‘spiritual,’ and roughly half of U.S. adults are still faithful to a religion,” says Wade Fransson, a former minister in the Worldwide Church of God – a religion eventually denounced as a cult – and author of “The People of the Sign,” (thepeopleofthesign.com), a memoir recounting his life with the church.
While Fransson has experienced firsthand the liabilities of extremist elements in religion, he says religion and spirituality still offer society important benefits:
“I call it ‘The Search’ – that is, that urge we all share for significance amid this vast and mysterious universe,” Fransson says. “I suspect there’s an element of truth – another piece to the puzzle – dwelling within each religion or spiritual system, and we should all deeply consider and appreciate the transcending beliefs of others.”
About Wade Fransson
Wade Fransson manages technology vendor contracts and relationships for a major retail corporation. He has a background in business and technology for major corporations and was the CEO of GoHuman, Inc. online marketplace. In “The People of the Sign,” he shares his story to show both the positives and negatives of one of the most fascinating churches born in the 20th century. The sequel is to be published in October.
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