What is the Source of Hope?

From competing world religions to secular ambitions and pleasures, the world is continually asking, 'What is the source of hope?'

Topics like Christianity and Jesus are a minority of searches compared to terms like 'porn, movies, football, and, money.'

Global Interests

Love, Science, and the Self are the leading global values.

Global Values

Contrary to predictions of mass secularization by Western academics in the middle of the 20th century, the world is more rather than less religious compared to 50 years ago.

World Religions

Because of growing rates of migration and urbanization, Christians living in cities are more likely to have contact with people of other faiths.

Religious Diversity

The most dominant global religious change in the coming decades will be those leaving Christianity for unaffiliated.


Islam will likely remain the fastest growing world religion.


Hinduism remains concentrated within India – along with Nepal – and the Indian diaspora. By 2050, the United States will have the world’s fifth largest Hindu population.


Buddhism is still predominantly a religion of East, South, and Southeast Asia.


Because of 20th century European migrations, more Jewish people live in the United States than in any other country. Israel, however, is predicted to have the world’s largest Jewish population by 2050.


Global alignments are being re-figured, this time not just along the old ideological lines, but also along civilizational borders.

Radical Politics


Secularization begins as a sociological phenomenon. Then, increasingly, it manifests in legislation, translating the philosophical relationship between religion and the state into legal and political terms.



Islam is a diverse and multifaceted religion with followers spanning various cultures, countries, and historical contexts. As modernism enters traditional Islamic regions, many changes are taking place.



Key Information Radical Politics Secularism Islam

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