Sunday, August 6, 2017

Worldwide Google searches for the term "atheist" - 13 years and 7 months after the beginning of the New Atheism movement - Searches are down


Google Trends shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume. 

In 2004, the New Atheist Sam Harris published his book The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.  The publishing of this book is one of the milestones as far as the beginnings of the New Atheism movement. The graphic atop this article features the four men who were dubbed the "four horsemen" of the New Atheism movement (In the graphic above, counterclockwise from the upper left picture, the four horseman are Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett respectively).  

Featured below n the Google trends graph for the worldwide searches for the term "atheist"  (the red graph), the graph has a value of 44 in 2004.   In the same graph below, the term atheist has a current value of 43. So about 13 years and 7 months since the beginning of the New Atheism movement, the volume of searches is down since the start of the New Atheism movement. 

Why are the worldwide searches for the term "atheist" especially important?  Eric Kaufmann is a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London and author. His academic research specialty is how demographic changes affect religion/irreligion and politics. Kaufmann is an agnostic.  Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."

Worldwide searches for atheism and agnosticism searches - Google trends



USA searches for atheism and agnosticism searches - Google trends

In the Google trends graph for USA searches for the term "atheist" below (the red graph), the graph has a value of 32 in 2004.   In the same graph below, the term atheist has a current value of 37.  



UK searches for atheism and agnosticism searches - Google trends

In the Google trends graph for UK searches for the term "atheist" below (the red graph), the graph has a value of 17 in 2004.   In the same graph below, the term atheist has a current value of 23.  




 Graphic credits: 

Graphic obtained from: Wikimedia - Four Horsemen


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English: "The Four Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse": Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris.
Date29 August 2014, 17:56:44
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AuthorDIREKTOR, based on works by listed authors.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Canadian atheists face a tough slog ahead



Before I give some Google statistics relating to Canadian atheism/secular humanism, I am going to preface the Google data with some introductory information relating to Canadian atheism.

The Canadian atheist activist Pat O'Brien is a Canadian atheist, an activist, and ex-president of Humanist Canada and British Columbia Humanist Association (Secular humanism is a form of atheism).

O'Brien said about the willingness atheists/humanists to support national and provincial atheist organizations: "The biggest problem is fundraising. It is difficult to get Humanists to part with their money."

O'Brien said about his tenure as the president of Humanist Canada:
It has been said many times that trying to get Humanists to agree on something is like trying to herd cats. I learned early on that as a leader I could not rule from above, or make unilateral decisions. The membership is highly educated and smart they do not respond well to decrees or being told what to do or what position they should take on a matter so one learns to be inclusive, trying to reach consensus. Without going into too much detail, the reason I resigned was because I felt in a particular circumstance unilateral action was the best course to take and still believe I made the right decision, but it lead to me being forced to resign. In the end, my decision was upheld.
On December 10, 2011, USA Today reported in a story entitled Study: Atheists distrusted as much as rapists:
The study, conducted among 350 Americans adults and 420 Canadian college students, asked participants to decide if a fictional driver damaged a parked car and left the scene, then found a wallet and took the money, was the driver more likely to be a teacher, an atheist teacher, or a rapist teacher? 
The participants, who were from religious and nonreligious backgrounds, most often chose the atheist teacher. 
The study is part of an attempt to understand what needs religion fulfills in people. Among the conclusions is a sense of trust in others. 
"People find atheists very suspect," Shariff said. "They don't fear God so we should distrust them; they do not have the same moral obligations of others. This is a common refrain against atheists. People fear them as a group.

The 2016 Vancouver Sun article entitled Young immigrants to Canada passionate about spirituality indicates
The spiritual commitments of Kim and Shaik illustrate a trend captured by Statistics Canada and pollsters at the Angus Reid Institute: Young immigrants to Canada have an unusually high rate of religious commitment. 
Angus Reid discovered that younger immigrants, including millennials, are almost three times as likely as Canadian-born residents to take part in religious activities, whether Christian, Sikh or Muslim. 
More than half recent immigrants between ages 18 and 49 told Angus Reid pollsters they attend a religious institution at least once a month in Canada, which is also a higher rate than among older immigrants. 
As a result of in-migration, Canadian sociologist of religion Reginald Bibbysays, institutional religion is far from dying in Canada, despite the emphasis journalists and academics place on the expansion of secularism.
The abstract for 2016 journal article Christian Churches and Immigrant Support in Canada: An Organizational Ecology Perspective which was published in the Review of Religious Research states:
Canada receives roughly 250,000 immigrants each year, and the government spends considerable resources on assisting them to settle and integrate into Canadian society through the agencies they support. Most of these new immigrants settle in Canada’s largest cities, where churches meet specific needs that extend beyond the capacities of government agencies. In smaller centers, churches cover a wide range of services because few government supports are available. Little is known about the work of churches in Canada in spite of their importance to immigrant settlement and integration. In this study, we examine the services offered to immigrants by Canadian Christian churches. We show how the service provision of Christian churches is constrained by other organizations and groups in their environment, in ways consonant with the organizational ecology framework. Specifically, churches service the needs of immigrants by adapting to specific niche needs and by filling in gaps left by other service providers.
The Canadian born scholar Eric Kaufmann wrote:
I argue that 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious. 
On the other hand, the secular West and East Asia has very low fertility and a rapidly aging population... In the coming decades, the developed world's demand for workers to pay its pensions and work in its service sector will soar alongside the booming supply of young people in the third world. Ergo, we can expect significant immigration to the secular West which will import religious revival on the back of ethnic change. In addition, those with religious beliefs tend to have higher birth rates than the secular population, with fundamentalists having far larger families. The epicentre of these trends will be in immigration gateway cities like New York (a third white), Amsterdam (half Dutch), Los Angeles (28% white), and London, 45% white British.

The Global and Mail states:
A report this week from Statistics Canada forecasting the country’s demographic makeup in 2036 suggests it’s too late. The transformation of Canada is already far advanced, and continuing.
By 2036, the agency predicts, as many as 30 per cent of all residents will not have been born in Canada. Another 20 per cent of the population will be native-born, but with at least one immigrant parent.
Furthermore, much of Canada's immigration is from Asia (Filipinos, Indians, Chinese, etc.) and much of the atheistic areas of Asia are seeing a rapid decline of atheists and a strong growth of evangelical Christianity (see: East Asia and global desecularization ).

In 2014, the Vancouver Sun declared in article entitled Think religion is in decline? Look at who is 'going forth and multiplying':
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.
Why? Basically because religious women are having far more babies than secular women....
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.”,,,, 
Because of increasingly high immigration rates to the West, Kaufmann projects regions such as Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia will grow more religious. “Religion is coming to the West on the backs of immigrants.”... 
What about Canada?
The most recent figures available confirm Kaufmann’s thesis.
Muslim women in Canada have the highest birthrate — at 2.4 babies per woman, followed by Hindus (2 babies per woman), Sikhs (1.9), Jews (1.8), various Protestants (1.6) and Catholics (1.6). Non-religious Canadian women have only 1.4 babies per woman.
Kaufmann has also discovered that children of immigrants do not easily walk away from the family religion — not like many of the offspring of parents born in the West.
Children of immigrants often engage in “cultural defence,” says sociologists. They tend to stay with their parents’ traditional, ethno-religious customs to affirm their identities.
When secularism does gain newcomers, Kaufmann says, they come mainly from the offspring of domestic-born moderate or liberal religious parents. “The middle ground,” as Kaufmann puts it, “is being hollowed out.”
There is a “higher cost” for members of conservative religions to reject their parents’ faith, he says. “To leave a conservative religion is a big, big step. You’re leaving more behind.”
With such lines of reasoning, Kaufmann makes a case that is worth taking seriously regarding who shall inherit the Earth.
Google Canada: Search volume for atheism/agnosticism terms - 2005 to present
Google Trends shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume. It provides Google search volume data across various regions of the world, and in various languages.
Below are resources related to Google trends data of popular atheism/agnosticism/evolution terms.

Google Canada: Search volume for atheism/agnosticism terms - Last 5 years


C.S. Lewis - from atheism to theism

Walter Hooper, who acted as a temporary secretary for the ex-atheist C.S.Lewis, described him as:
So humble and kind, and such a simple man. I can't imagine anyone not feeling comfortable with him... There was nothing daunting about his home or the way he lived. He was one of those fortunate people who didn't really need much to make him happy. If you had put him in a palace, he would have admired it for its beauty, but he didn't need those things... Lewis' house was so basic. There was even a hole in the floor that you had to be careful the chair didn't fall into. And the food he liked couldn't have been simpler: sausages and mashed potatoes, fish and chips

Ex-atheist C.S. Lewis on his conversion to Christianity



The ex-atheist C.S. Lewis (born November 29, 1898, Belfast - d. November 22, 1963, Oxford) was an Irish writer, novelist, essayist, moral mythologist and a world-acclaimed master of Christian apologetics. He is considered by many to have been the greatest intellectual defender of Christianity in the 20th century.


Peter Berger on the failure of the secularization hypothesis

Peter L. Berger (March 17, 1929 to June 27, 2017) was an Austrian-born American sociologist best known for his work in the fields of the sociology of knowledge/religion, the study of modernization, and various theoretical contributions to sociology.

Berger's work Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (New York, 1966) was declared by the International Sociological Association as being the fifth most influential book written in the field of sociology during the 20th century.

Berger is also well-know for his scholarship relating to the current desecularization of the world (often referred to as the "global resurgence of religion") despite being an advocate of the secularization theory in the 1950s/1960s.

Atheist Tries to Disprove Christianity and Becomes a Christian

The ex-atheist Lee Strobel is a former legal reporter for the Chicago Tribune and a Christian author. The basis for his 1981 journey from atheism to Christianity is discussed in his bestselling book The Case For Christ.

Strobel earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1974 from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree in 1979 from Yale Law School.  In addition, Strobel won Illinois highest honor for public service journalism from United Press International (UPI).  

The Resurrection Argument That Changed a Generation of Scholars - Gary Habermas

Atheist Police Detective Examines the Resurrection of Jesus becomes Christian - Part 2

Previously, I made a post entitled Atheist Police Detective Examines the Resurrection of Jesus becomes Christian - Part 1

Below is an additional video by J. Warner Wallace of Cold Case Christianity.

Philosophical naturalism is self-refuting


Previously, I wrote an article entitled The internet spreading reports of miracles is killing atheism and will continue to do so. Pentecostalism and evangelical Christianity are booming. Also, the healing of amputees

The philosophy of naturalism asserts that the supernatural does not exist and consequently miracles have never occurred and does not presently occur.

Below are some videos relating to the philosophy of naturalism.






Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Leading atheist organizations are cutting back staff



In 2017, the atheist activist Lee Moore declared:
If you look at the major atheist groups right now, like the national groups, the ones that are doing the real activist work... They are not bringing in the kind of donations they used to. Most of them are starved for cash. They're downsizing left and right. Because people aren't just giving like they used to. And I talked to a lot of the major donors out there and they said, "Well, we're kind of tired of seeing the atheist community just fight amongst itself and not really get anything done. We'd rather not give money if we don't think it's going to go somewhere.
See also:

Atheist factions

Atheism and social skills

Atheist nonprofit scandals

Career opportunities within atheist movement for racial minorities

In June 2014, the African-American atheist activist Sikivu Hutchinson wrote in the Washington Post that atheists organizations in the United States generally focus on church/state separation and creationism issues and not the concerns the less affluent African-American population faces.  Hutchinson also mentioned that church organizations do focus on helping poor African Americans. See the Washington Post article: Atheism has a big race problem that no one’s talking about

In 2015, BloombergView reported concerning the United States:
According to a much-discussed 2012 report from the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life, only 3 percent of U.S. atheists and agnostics are black, 6 percent are Hispanic, and 4 percent are Asian. Some 82 percent are white. (The relevant figures for the population at large at the time of the survey were 66 percent white, 11 percent black, 15 percent Hispanic, 5 percent Asian.) 
...Craig Keener, in his huge review of claims of miracles in a wide variety of cultures, concludes that routine rejection of the possibility of the supernaturalrepresents an impulse that is deeply Eurocentric.
On October 9, 2014, Sikivu Hutchinson indicated:
Despite frequent tokenistic calls for “diversity” within the “movement,” there are virtually no people of color in executive management positions in any of the major secular, atheist, or Humanist organizations —notable exceptions being Debbie Goddard of Center for Inquiry and Maggie Ardiente of American Humanist Association. People of color are constantly bombarded with claims of separatism, reverse discrimination, and “self-segregation” when they point to the absence of social justice, anti-racist community organizing, coalition-building, and visibility among secular organizations. After the Washington Post article, the vitriol and denialism among the “We are All Africans” white atheists was off the chain. This illustrates yet again that sticking a few of us on conference panels or secular boards is nothing but cheap appeasement.
Hutchinson also wrote:
The recent merger of the secular organization Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Richard Dawkins Foundation (RDF) has been dubbed atheism's supergroup moment. Acknowledging the two organizations' outsized presence in the atheist world, Religion News Service acidly declared it a "royal wedding". The partnership, which gives Richard Dawkins a seat on the CFI board, smacks of a vindication of Dawkins' toxic, reactionary brand of damn-all-them-culturally-backward-Western-values-hating- MuslimsNew Atheism. As one of the most prominent global secular organizations, CFI's all-white board looks right at home with RDF's lily white boardand staff.
In 2016, Atheist Alliance International (AAI) conducted an annually reoccurring atheist census project and found:
At the time of writing, the Atheist Census Project recorded that on average worldwide 73.2% of respondents were male. The result is consistent with other research... As such, the focus of many scholarly papers has been on seeking to explain this persistent observation.
Melody Hensley 

On May 15, 2014, the Washington Post reported that Melody Hensley, executive director of the Washington branch of the Center For Inquiry, was "diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a vicious flood of online and social media attacks that included threats of rape, murder and photographs of dismembered women. Many of her harassers, she believes, are men in the secular community."

Post Elevatorgate controversy, at an atheist convention, Rebecca Watson claimed: "Hundreds of atheists have informed me that either they wanted to rape me, someone should rape me so that I will loosen up or that no one would ever rape me because I am so ugly."





Monday, July 31, 2017

Comrades, atheism cut 50% in Russia in three years!



The website Church Militant reports:

A recent poll is showing the number of atheists in Russia has dropped by half in the last three years.  
According to the Levada Center, a Russian-based, independent, non-governmental research organization, those who consider themselves "absolutely irreligious" fell from 26 percent in 2014 to just 13 percent in 2017. As many as 44 percent described themselves as "quite religious," 33 percent as "not too religious" and 9 percent as "very religious." 
The survey was conducted in urban and rural populations within the respondent's home by a personal interview method. In June, a total of 1,600 people aged 18 and over were interviewed in 137 communities in 48 regions.





Militant atheists caused a massive and explosive growth of Christianity



Did militant atheists help cause a massive and explosive growth of Christianity in the world?

Yes, militant atheists did this.

How?

Read these fascinating articles:

Tiananmen, a "watershed" for China's conversion to Christianity, Asia News

China: How the Tiananmen Square Massacre Grew the Chinese Church , Gospel Herald






Saturday, July 29, 2017

Why the HMS Atheism is less seaworthy than the Titanic

Atheism has existed since biblical times. The Bible says, "The fool in his heart says there is no God".
However, issues such as the untenableness of an eternal universe (see: Atheism and the origin of the universe), a fine-tuned universe, the implausibility of abiogenesis are helping atheists to be seen as cranks by many thoughtful people. In addition, discontent among evoltuionists with Neo-Darwinism is growing with no plausible alternative being offered (see: Theory of evolution and little consensus and Recent clamour to revise the modern evolutionary synthesis). In addition, you have Global creationism growing rapidly due to the rapid growth of evangelical Christianity and Islam (see: Growth of evangelical Christianity).
Furthermore, you have the issue of atheism/agnosticism facing an acceleration of 21st century desecularization due to fertility/demographic issues; religious immigration to Europe of people resistant to assimilation; the growth of fundamentalism in Europe and many countries and the rapid Christianization of China. In addition, European nations are hitting "peak secular" (Northern Europe and recently the UK) and even atheists are beginning to realize the failure of the secularization thesis. After peak secular will come growing religious populations in Western countries. As far as America, peak secular will hit in the 21st century due to a rising hispanic population and the effects of globalization. When Americans see atheism/agnosticism imploding in Europe and Asia that probably will have an effect on public opinion.
All of these factors is having an effect of the morale of the atheist population plus you have in-fighting among Western atheism which is further degrading morale (see: Atheist pessimism about the atheist movement).
Right now, the issue of desecularization is being underreported in the press, but that is a very fixable issue. People are trusting the mainstream press less and less and the internet is causing more competition. In addition, a growing religious populations will force the mainstream press to cater to their customers in terms of their reporting. Once the mainstream press starts reporting on the matter of desecularization, people's herd mentality will further accelerate desecularization in the world and within Western societies.
And I expect the in-fighting to continue in Western atheism given: growing political polarization within society as a whole (sharp political differences are greatly helping to cause atheist factions); the quarrelsome nature of atheists and the fact that losing teams often point fingers on who is to blame for their troubles.
The agnostic professor Eric Kaufmann is entirely correct about the implosion of adherents to atheism/agnosticism and the rise of religious fundamentalism in the world. I should have seen this earlier given my university training in some of the social sciences and given the faddish nature of New Atheism. I should have also seen the reactionary nature of New Atheism as being a reaction to growing religious fundamentalism in the world, the resurgence of religion in many countries of the world and the failure of the secularization thesis.
I realize that many proud atheists would prefer not to see a collapse in the number of atheists in the world and engage in the fallacy of exclusion in relation to the above matters. Of course, that can actually work in favor in terms of aiding desecuralization in the world. The strategist Sun Tzu said in order to prevail, you must understand yourself, your opponents and the lay of the land. Denialists are at a distinct disadvantage. The crushing defeat of overconfident secular leftists in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and their post election shock that it happened is certainly testimony to this matter. Secular leftists meltdowns post election and the teary-eyed and self-described militant atheist/leftist Kathy Griffin saying of Trump "He broke me" does show me how fragile secular leftist morale is (see: Secular leftists and psychogenic illness). In the 21st century, secular leftists are certainly totally unprepared to deal with a "badass religion" like fundamentalist Islam. And of course, they are no match for Christendom which has a track record of growth for about 2,000 years.
Atheists did put up a significant degree of opposition to theism from the time of the French Revolution to around the fall of the Soviet Union. But William Shakespeare was right that the world is a stage and an unfolding story. In terms of the play as far as atheism/agnosticism vs. theism play, we are at the point of the denouement the play (the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved).
Final note

Given that atheism has existed since biblical times, there probably will be some foolish souls treading water and practicing atheism before the second coming of Jesus Christ, but the days of the HMS Atheism proudly sailing the high seas is nearing an end. The HMS Atheism is taken on water and is being relentless battered by fierce winds and giant waves.

One thing for sure, Jesus has plenty of room in the lifeboat of Christianity for atheists who wish to flee the sinking ship of the HMS Atheism.




The HMS Atheism is rapidly approaching the rocks



In 2017, the American atheist activist Lee Moore declared:
If you look at the major atheist groups right now, like the national groups, the ones that are doing the real activist work... They are not bringing in the kind of donations they used to. Most of them are starved for cash. They're downsizing left and right. Because people aren't just giving like they used to. And I talked to a lot of the major donors out there and they said, "Well, we're kind of tired of seeing the atheist community just fight amongst itself and not really get anything done. We'd rather not give money if we don't think it's going to go somewhere
Concerning the future of religion/secularism in Europe, professor Eric Kaufmann wrote:
We have performed these unprecedented analyses on several cases. Austria offers us a window into what the future holds. Its census question on religious affiliation permits us to perform cohort component projections, which show the secular population plateauing by 2050, or as early as 2021 if secularism fails to attract lapsed Christians and new Muslim immigrants at the same rate as it has in the past. (Goujon, Skirbekk et al. 2006). 
This task will arguably become far more difficult as the supply of nominal Christians dries up while more secularisation-resistant Muslims and committed rump Christians comprise an increasing share of the population.
In 2017, the British newspaper The Guardian reported:
But, Bullivant told the Observer that the “growth of no religion may have stalled”. After consistent decline, in the past few years the proportion of nones appears to have stabilised. “Younger people tend to be more non-religious, so you’d expect it to keep going – but it hasn’t. The steady growth of non-Christian religions is a contributing factor, but I wonder if everyone who is going to give up their Anglican affiliation has done so by now? We’ve seen a vast shedding of nominal Christianity, and perhaps it’s now down to its hardcore
On December 23, 2012, Eric Kaufmann wrote:
I argue that 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious. 
On the other hand, the secular West and East Asia has very low fertility and a rapidly aging population... In the coming decades, the developed world's demand for workers to pay its pensions and work in its service sector will soar alongside the booming supply of young people in the third world. Ergo, we can expect significant immigration to the secular West which will import religious revival on the back of ethnic change. In addition, those with religious beliefs tend to have higher birth rates than the secular population, with fundamentalists having far larger families. The epicentre of these trends will be in immigration gateway cities like New York (a third white), Amsterdam (half Dutch), Los Angeles (28% white), and London, 45% white British.

Razib Khan points out in Discover Magazine, "most secular nations in the world are those of East Asia, in particular what are often termed “Confucian societies.” It is likely therefore that the majority of the world’s atheists are actually East Asian."

East Asia contains about 25 percent of the world’s population. China’s population represents 20 percent of the people on earth.

The largest atheist population in the world is in China. China is seeing an explosive growth of Christianity and the bulk of these Christians are evangelical Christians.

On November 1, 2014, an article in The Economist entitled Cracks in the atheist edifice declared:

Officials are untroubled by the clash between the city’s famously freewheeling capitalism and the Communist Party’s ideology, yet still see religion and its symbols as affronts to the party’s atheism... 
Yang Fenggang of Purdue University, in Indiana, says the Christian church in China has grown by an average of 10% a year since 1980. He reckons that on current trends there will be 250 million Christians by around 2030, making China’s Christian population the largest in the world. Mr. Yang says this speed of growth is similar to that seen in fourth-century Rome just before the conversion of Constantine, which paved the way for Christianity to become the religion of his empire.




Saturday, July 22, 2017

Atheist admits that the atheist movement could be more boring than it was 10 years ago. How could atheists and atheism become even more boring?



In the article Atheists are boring snoozefests. Incontrovertible proof!, I wrote about how boring atheists/atheism is. 

 The atheist Jeremiah Traeger wrote about atheist conferences: 
As for conferences, I could imagine a number of reasons why they are getting smaller. Isn’t it possible that atheism, as a movement, just isn’t really as exciting or novel as it was 7 or 10 years ago? 
I didn't think it was possible for atheists/atheism to become even more boring. But evidently, it may have happened.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

The effects of defense of Christianity heavy artillery fire on the efforts of militant atheists


Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith through logic/evidence based arguments. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia (from Greek ἀπολογία), which means "speaking in defense".

Secular humanism is a form of atheism. Many atheist refer to secular humanism simply as humanism.

In June 2012, the UK based Dorset Humanists wrote:
There’s been a forceful backlash against the ‘new atheism’ of writers like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, inspiring a new wave of Christian apologists. This group includes: Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology at King’s College London, Keith Ward, former Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. 
Many atheists make the mistake of assuming religion is wholly irrational, relying on faith alone but, in a series of interviews recorded for DVD, the apologetics heavyweights from the list above demonstrate their ability to challenge us with reasoned arguments.

Dr. Johnson C. Philip & Dr. Saneesh Cherian wrote in their work Introduction To Integrated Christian Apologetics:
American evangelical Christians have began to notice in the fifties that compromise is a slow poison that ultimately destroys respect for truth. Some of them came together and started writing aggressively on themes defending the historical and scientific reliability of the Bible. 
At the dawn of the twenty-first century the influence of this revival has spread all over the world, and today more than one hundred and fifty organizations function around the world, devoted solely to apologetics. Their influence has be so strong that a large number of Seminaries all around the world have begun assert the historical and scientific reliability of the Bible...  
...a revival set in motion among the evangelical Christians. This group became quite vocal and aggressive in the sixties, and by seventies they started exerting significant influence among theologians, thinkers, and the Bible teachers all over the world. 
Thousands of apologetic books, hundreds of magazines, and tens of thousands of articles have been produced defending the Bible since. In turn, this has started to diminish the influence of rationalists and radicals on Christians.

The heavy artillery fire of Christian apologists that has been raining down on atheism/agnosticism is having an effect as can seen below.  The attack of atheists has been halted.
The atheist enemy attaches great importance to the effects of his own artillery. We must do the same. By sheer weight of fire: morale is lowered, observation and movement hindered, control disrupted and their weapons become ineffective. These are the neutralization effects of artillery.
Wait until Donald Trump's forces of Betsy DeVos hit the beaches and more children go to private religious schools.  Wait until more Supreme Court justices hits the beaches and religious freedom is expanded even further. 
  • "First of all, religious belief is still very powerful and widespread, and there is nothing inevitable about its decline. In fact, the proportion of people who say they believe in God actually ticked modestly upward, from 86 percent to 89 percent, since Gallup last asked the question in 2014." - The American Interest, cited in the article American atheism




Friday, June 30, 2017

The atheist movement is disintegrating



The atheist David Smalley said about the atheist movement: "We're eating our own... We’re disintegrating." See also: Atheism and cannibalism

Is history repeating itself? 2 Chronicles 20: 22-23. Keep the Christian choirs singing!


The Elevatorgate controversy which involved Richard Dawkins and the atheist feminist Rebecca Watson generated bad press and public relations problems for Dawkins. See: Richard Dawkins's loss of influence

Quote from the movie The Wizard of New Atheism: "Look what you've done, Rebecca!! I'm melting, melting. Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world. Who would have thought that a woman like you could destroy my beautiful, godless wickedness. OHHHHHHH!!! NO!!! I'm going... ohhhhhhh... ohhhhhhhhhhhhh....".




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