Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Religiosity, Fertility and Politics

Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?:
The Demographic Contradictions of Liberal Capitalism

A Study in Religion, Demography and Politics

Dr. Eric P. Kaufmann, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK


This project argues that the population of the developed world will become increasingly religious and conservative in the long-term, reversing decades – even centuries – of liberal secularisation. There will be no mass conversions or sudden shifts in the cultural mood. Instead, religiosity will spread largelythrough demographic advantage in a world where secular religions and sources of secular enchantment have exhausted themselves.


Findings available in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth (London: Profile Books, 2010, May 2011 in USA). See video of Eric’s speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, Australia in October. Hear a podcast interview with George Miller of Blackwell’s on the book; See youtube video of Eric’s  talk at the RSA on April 15; Hear a podcast interview with John Cleary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ‘Sunday Nights’on the book (September 5).

Also see Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics, edited by J. A. Goldstone, Eric Kaufmann and Monica Duffy Toft. (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2011), forthcoming

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