One can’t help but see the significant change in the religiously unaffiliated (36.6 million to 55.8 million, 52% increase) as something significant we are going through as a nation. The implications extend in particular to our domain around the edges of end-of-life care and beginning-of-life delineations. There’s a few things in between (generally sex and gender related, go figure), a few oblique (interesting thoughts on cannibalism and the power of true resolve) and a generally striving towards truth, consequences, and the American way, but this changing (and somewhat predictably) changing landscape of religion cannot help but influence large swaths of medical care, medical legislation, and – ultimately – religious medical practices. I post the figure below from the Pew Research Center only to note a truth of the world and ask no one in particular how the medical profession is responding to this cultural shift (and impending waves coming to two key life cycles with distinct realms of medical care (e.g., OB/GYN, geriatrics, etc.) to best address the needs of patients.
I insert as post script here, after a few days thinking the following. And you get to wondering, how many fear that next horizon? The day when the religiously apathetic are the dominant religious group in America. It’s never happened before. It’s about to happen as the scales are liable to keep tilting as they are. Having seen much of the response to this point, I wonder what will happen around 2020, when some scales tilt for good.