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Inspired by: interviews » Spirituality becomes increasingly separated from organized and established religion

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The source of the Wild Card is

Larry Taub


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Spirituality becomes increasingly separated from organized and established religion


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Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
Massive disengagement of people from established religions, and movement to spiritual expressions outside religion. Within organized and established religions and religious groups, massive movement away from orthodox, literal, and fundamentalist beliefs and practices toward the spiritual tendencies within them. This trend will include spiritual attitudes to issues such as environment protection and climate change, animal rights, gay liberation, moral values etc. This is a worldwide movement that searches for a new world view based on new spirituality: a new version of the Renaissance. It means a reorientation of how humans see the world: a new holistic view of nature and the universe.


religion, spirituality, moral values, renaissance, beliefs


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Massive disengagement from established religions, movement to new spiritual expressions away from orthodox beliefs. This includes spiritual attitudes to environmen and climate change, animal rights, moral values, etc. A new version of Renaissance.


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
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Features of life if the wild card manifests

Feature 3: consumers, markets and lifestyles
Re-orientation of world views and attitudes. More tolerance.
Feature 5: politics and global affairs
Much less power and influence of established religions and fundamentalism
Feature 7: security and defence
Decline of fundamentalist terrorism

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A counter trend/development/situation
(e.g. There is a massive decline in mobile phone usage due to fears of health hazards; Considerations of privacy lead to the banning of video surveillance in public spaces

Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




please specify:
please select
Level 1: important for a particular country
Level 2: important for a particular world region
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Early indicators

(including weak signals)

New holistic attitudes to nature and environment, search for new forms of spirituality

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

In a probably enclosed way (e.g. geographically, sectorally)

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Emergence of a new system (e.g. new technologies, new paradigms)

Key drivers or triggers

Provide up to 2 possible drivers or triggers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
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Driver / Trigger 1
please describe
Driver / Trigger 2
Values/Ethical/Cultural Distrust of established religion authorities

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Behavioural change
Coexistence and conflicts
Ethics and abuse of S&T
Social pathologies & ethics
Social cohesion and diversity

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Social Sciences and Humanities