This is a well written description of the evolution of those communal and social services previously known as ‘church’ or ‘temple’. Religion has been in decline for several centuries with the exception of low population, traditionalist, or agrarian areas.

Where social democratic government forms have developed the decline is much more advanced. The failure to move beyond crudely hierarchical political and economic systems in the US left the need for social support and related services to the haphazard and ad hoc traditional religious organizations.

The unsuitability of these for 21st century postmodern societies is readily apparent. The reaction is the rise of the nones but this is partial and crippled by the deformation of the political state.

The failure is the need to focus administrative structures in society, i.e. government, to place human wellbeing as their preeminent purpose.

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