Implicit Religion, Vol 19, No 3 (2016)

The Future as an Allusion: Using Social and Personal Forecasts to Uncover Explicit and Implicit Religion

Reginald W. Bibby
Issued Date: 14 Feb 2017

Abstract


The author’s research into attempts to anticipate the future has found that three dominant frameworks or what Charles Glock and Thomas Piazza have called “reality structures” are apparent. The first and second reality structures involve different degrees of determinism, and typically are found among scientists and other futurists who, of necessity, focus on collective rather than individual futures. By definition, their assumptions about the future do not include religion or other non-naturalistic phenomena. The third reality structure, however, is easily the most common, in large part because it uniquely addresses personal as well as collective futures and, in doing so, draws on a wide range of religious and other non-naturalistic resources. The bases of forecasts associated with this third reality structure may provide a rich source of unobtrusive data that “allude” to or give us important clues as to the presence of explicit and implicit religious expressions.

Download Media

PDF (Price: £17.50 )

DOI: 10.1558/imre.v19i3.31186

References


Angus Reid Institute. 2015. The 2015 National Religion Survey. Carried out with Reginald Bibby. http://angusreid.org/faith-in-canada

Bailey, Edward. 2006. Implicit Religion In Contemporary Society. Leuven: Peters.

Bell, Daniel. 1999 [1976]. The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting. New York: Basic Books.

Bell, Wendell. 2012. Memories of the Future. New York: Transaction.

Berger, Peter L. 1969. A Rumor of Angels. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Bibby, Reginald. 2002. Restless Gods. Toronto: Stoddart.

———. 2006. The Boomer Factor. Toronto: Bastian.

———. 2009. The Emerging Millennials. Lethbridge: Project Canada.

———. 2016. Beyond the Gods & Back: Religion’s Demise and Rise and Why it Matters. Second edition. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Burstein, David. 2013. Fast Forward: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World. Boston: Beacon.

Clarke, Arthur C. 2000 [1962]. Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible. London: Phoenix.

Cox, Harvey. 2010. The Future of Faith. New York: HarperOne.

Davie, Grace. 2007. The Sociology of Religion. London: Sage.

Durkheim, Emile. 1965 [1912]. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. New York: The Free Press.

Freud, Sigmund. 2010 [1928]. The Future of an Illusion. Eastford, CT: Martino.

Gardner, Dan. 2011. Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail—and Why We
Believe Them Anyway. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart.

Glock, Charles Y. and Thomas Piazza. 1978. “Exploring Reality Structures.” Society 15(4): 61–65. https://doi.org/10.1007/bf02694713

Henshel, Richard L. 1982. “Sociology and Social Forecasting.” Annual Review of
Sociology 8: 57–79. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.so.08.080182.000421

Howe, Neil and William Strauss. 2000. Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. New York: Vintage.

Huxley, Aldous. 2007 [1934]. Brave New World. Toronto: Random House.

Kaku, Michio. 2012. Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100. New York: Knopf.

Kaufmann, Eric. 2011. Shall the Religious Inherit The Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century. London: Profile.

Naisbitt, John. 1984. Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives. New York: Warner Books.

Ogden, Frank. 1993. The Last Book You Will Ever Read and Other Learnings.
Toronto: Macfarlane Walter and Ross.

Ogden, Frank. 1995. Navigating in Cyberspace. Toronto: Macfarlane Walter and Ross.

Orwell, George. 2008 [1949]. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London: Penguin.

Popcorn, Faith. 1991. The Popcorn Report: Faith Popcorn on the Future of your Company, Your World, Your Life. New York: Doubleday.

Rotter, Julian B. 1966. “Generalized Expectancies for Internal Versus External Control Of Reinforcements.” Psychological Monographs 80: 1–28. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0092976

Stark, Rodney and William Sims Bainbridge. 1984. The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival and Cult Formation. Berkeley: University of California Press.

———. 2015. The Global Religious Awakening: Faith Triumphs Over Secularity. Waco, TX: ISR.

Tapscott, Don. 2008. Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World. Toronto: McGraw-Hill

Thielecke, Helmut. 1966. Our Heavenly Father. Translated by John Doberstein. New York: Harper and Row.

Toffler, Alvin. 1984 [1970]. Future Shock. New York: Bantam.

———. 1984. The Third Wave: The Classic Study of Tomorrow. New York: Bantam.

———. 1991. Powershift: Knowledge, Wealth, and Power at the Edge of the 21st Century. New York: Bantam.

Wells, H.G. 2009 [1913]. The Discovery of the Future. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger.

Wilson, Edward O. 2003. The Future of Life. New York: Random House.

———. 2012. The Social Conquest Of Earth. New York: W.W. Norton.

Zuckerman, Phil. 2014. Living the Secular Life. New York: Penguin.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.





Equinox Publishing Ltd - 415 The Workstation 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)114 221-0285 - Email: [email protected]

Privacy Policy