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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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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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