...sport psychologists find that spectatorship yields much the same kind of social, and spiritual, benefits as people obtain from church membership.Fans are passionate. They rally around a common goal and find friendship and community with other fans. Who you are, or what you believe in, become irrelevant in this type of setting. Given the huge popularity of sports and the fact that the number one watched sport happens to be on a Sunday...
The second interesting point in the article,
Anthropologist James Fraser proposed that scientific prediction and control of nature supplants religion as a means of controlling uncertainty in our lives. This hunch is supported by data showing that the more educated countries have higher levels of non-belief and there are strong correlations between atheism and intelligence.It really is no secret that the number of atheists and agnostics are very high in the sciences.
Another major factor, in my opinion, and not mentioned in the article, is the sheer lack of morals in many religious authorities today. Whether it be Catholic priests, or mega church leaders like Ted Haggard or Eddie Long. Even going back to Swaggert and Bakker. Even the Jones clown from World Dove Outreach and his Koran burning fiasco. More and more, religious leaders are seen as failing to have a moral compass.