posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 02:05 PM
reply to post by jd140
Still don't get it? Let me state it to you this way.
FACT: 18 years ago, more people held religious beliefs than do today.
FACT: Less people hold religious beliefs than did 18 years ago.
FACT: Going from "More" to "Less" is called a decline
. Sometimes, depending on the context, the word "decrease" is used.
FACT: Whether or not religious beliefs increased
sometime before 18 years ago is irrelevant. This thread isn't about some 200 year average of
the number of believers. Nor is it about the net
number of believers in a given time period. It's about the number of people holding
religious beliefs 18 years ago, versus the number of people holding religious beliefs today. It happens to be, that 18 years ago, there were
people with these beliefs than there are today. Again, this is commonly known as a decline
, or decrease