Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Another sign American atheism is not growing. Gallup: Non-theistic evolutionism sees no growth; theistic evolutionism grew and young earth creationism declined

If Gallup is correct, then in the United States:  non-theistic evolutionism saw no growth in adherents; theistic evolutionism grew in adherents and young earth creationism declined in adherents.

If the Gallup poll is accurate in its results, the obvious explanation is:

-  The evolutionists may have stepped up their evolutionary indoctrination in American public schools and are now indoctrinating students at an earlier age. On a more positive note, Betty Devos (who is the new Secretary of Education for the Trump administration) is pushing for more school choice which could expand the number of private religious schools which teach biblical creation. . Also, homeschooling has been expanding in the United States.

- The growth of the Hispanic Catholic population which believes in theistic evolution

-  The growth of Muslim in the United States as Muslims are creationist, but not young earth creationist.

-  The US/Britain have not seen any growth in the number of atheists in the last few years (Please see the articles Why 2017 will be a terrible year for American atheists and  UK hits peak secular. Northern Europe and France previously hit peak secular ).

-  The Southern Baptist Convention has stagnated in the USA and is seeing a decline in membership.

There are some positive happening though when it comes to creationism and young earth creationism in terms of their number of adherents: the growth of hispanic evangelicalism in the United States and Latin America, the growth of creationism in Europe; the global growth of creationism; the global growth of evangelicalism, the global decline of atheism/agnosticism in the 21st century (see: Global atheism statistics).

Johns Hopkins University Press indicated in 2014: "Over the past forty years, creationism has spread swiftly among European Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims, even as anti-creationists sought to smother its flames."

In 2014, the Vancouver Sun reported:
Creationism, a religious world view that adamantly rejects Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, is on the rise among evangelical Protestants and most of the world’s Muslims.It is not only the majority of residents in Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia and Turkey who strongly reject the teaching that humans and other species evolved over millions of years from less complex creatures. So do tens of millions of evangelical Christians in North America (as well as South America and Africa). 
Overall, [Nidhal Guessoum, a Middle Eastern physics and astronomy professor] who teaches at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, estimates roughly 60 per cent of the world’s Muslims are creationists, including many living in the U.S. and Canada. 
Even though poll results about evolution vary based on the questions asked, Salman Hameed reported in the journal Science that strong anti-evolution majorities exist in Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt and Pakistan. The latter is among Canada’s top six source countries for immigrants... 
An Angus-Reid survey found 43 per cent of Americans accept the creationist teaching that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, which means they reject the...view the universe began roughly 13 billion years ago.

For more information, please see: 15 questions that evolutionists cannot satisfactorily answer

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Militant atheists, another Trumpian hammer is about to strike militant atheism

Have you read the news below yet?

Trump, in Miami speech, set to roll back Obama's Cuba policy

Despite some tensions, evangelical churches booming in Cuba

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English: Donald Trump Laconia Rally, Laconia, NH by Michael Vadon July 16 2015
WHEN Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
WHERE Weirs Community Center - 25 Lucerne Avenue Laconia, NH 03246
Donald John Trump, Sr. (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, investor, television personality, and author. Currently running for the office of President of the United States, he is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's lifestyle and outspoken manner, as well as his best-selling books and media appearances, have made him an American celebrity. He hosted The Apprentice, a US TV show.
Trump is a son of Fred Trump, a New York City real estate developer. Donald Trump worked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and, in 1968, officially joined the company. He was given control of the company in 1971, renaming it The Trump Organization. Trump remains a major figure in the real estate industry in the United States and a media celebrity.
In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election, but in May 2011, he announced he would not run. He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and, in the same year, began researching a possible presidential bid in the 2016 election. On June 16, 2015 at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2016 election, seeking the nomination of the Republican Party.
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Teary-eyed militant atheist publicly breaks down and says "He broke me". Militant atheists are such spineless bowls of jelly. The atheist movement is a lost cause

Comedian Kathy Griffin identifies herself as a "complete militant atheist". 

She has had a lot of public backlash after she held a mock severed head on Donald Trump. 

At a news conference, she said of Trump in a teary-eyed manner:  "He broke me".  

If she is representative of militant atheists, the ideological foot soldiers of atheism have backbones of jelly!  

YouTube atheist Thunderfoot said about the atheist movement after the Reason Rally 2016 had a very low turnout
I'm not sure there is anything in this movement worth saving. Hitchens is dead. Dawkins simply doesn't have the energy for this sort of thing anymore. Harris went his own way. And Dennett just kind of blended into the background. So what do you think when the largest gathering of the nonreligious in history pulls in... I don't know. Maybe 2,000 people. Is there anything worth saving?
In 2015, the atheist author Joshua Kelly wrote:
...since the death of Hitchens: angry atheism lost its most charismatic champion. Call it what you like: New Atheism, fire-brand atheism, etc., had a surge with the Four Horsemen in the middle of the last decade and in the last four years has generally peetered out to a kind that is more docile, politically correct, and even apologetic.
The Vancouver Sun reported in 2014:
In a challenge to the secularizing proposition, Eric Kaufmann, a noted London-based demographer, projects that religious people, especially conservatives, will win the race against the non-religious in the 21st century.. 
The main reason Islam, Catholicism and conservative Protestantism is expanding is not necessarily because they’re converting newcomers, Kaufman argues, but because their religions tend to be “pro-natal” and they have more children. 
“What no one has noticed is that far from declining, the religious are expanding their share of the population: in fact, the more religious people are, the more children they have,” Kaufmann says in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (Profile Books). 
“The cumulative effect of immigration from religious countries, and religious fertility will be to reverse the secularization process in the West. Not only will the religious eventually triumph over the non-religious, but it is those who are the most extreme in their beliefs who have the largest families.” 
Even while some critics have suggested Kaufmann’s projections are too adventurous and that he ignores the existential benefits of being part of a religious community or having a transcendent world view, his long-range demographic study is powerful.
He particularly punctures one liberal, secular platitude. Kaufmann’s data shows that conservative religious people do not necessarily have fewer children as they become more educated and urban. 
“The World Values Survey results reveal that a woman’s religiosity is almost as important as her education in predicting how many children she has,” he says. “In some countries it is more important. Young, well-educated urban women who are religious have significantly higher birthrates than young, well-educated urban women who are not religious.” 
Kaufmann also emphasizes the coupling of conservative religiosity and fertility is rapidly becoming a First World issue.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote: "...the 17th century was the beginning of an age of secularization which has lasted four centuries until now; the 21st century is exactly the opposite, it's the beginning of an age of desecularization. Religion is seizing power; they're not yielding power." See: Desecularization and politics

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Modern atheism: It came in with a bang in many areas and now it is going out with a whimper

Who is being very quiet relating to an issue concerning atheism? Keep reading and find out!

In my article A key ally of atheists is much weaker and goes AWOL. Google news and other data reveal another train wreck for the atheist movement, I point out that people around the world trust the mainstream news organizations less and less. I also pointed out that mainstream media has a pro-atheism bias.

In the 20th century, atheism expanded with a bang. According to the University of Cambridge, historically, the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."

Lately, I have put in the word "atheism" into Google News and the pace of the stories on atheism is like molasses.  It is the slowest moving in terms of news stories that I have ever seen. 

I predicted that news related to Donald Trump would help to crowd out news stories on atheism. I also predicted that secular leftists would do less atheist activism and shift to activities related to opposing Donald Trump. Furthermore, I pointed out that many secular leftists have been in a state of shock and demoralization related to the Trump presidency. In addition, I pointed to British/American polling indicating that the growth of atheism appears to have currently peaked. And of course, i pointed out that not only is the percentage of atheists shrinking in the world, but scholarly data indicates the that actually number of atheists in the world may now be shrinking. 

And remember when I said that 2017 is going to be a TERRIBLE year for atheism. How right was I?

Consider this data from Google trends :

Google searches for the word "atheist" at Google USA

Google searches for the word "atheist" worldwide

Atheism is going out with a whimper

But is the media widely reporting on the issue of the decline of atheism? No, it is not. It is largely very quiet on this issue. As I mentioned above, Google News is providing news articles on atheism at a very slow pace.

Modern atheism came into a bang in communist  areas of the world, but now atheism as a whole is going out with a whimper. Please read the article: Global atheism statistics

Death by a thousand cuts. That is how atheism is dying in the world.

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