Monday, August 15, 2016

Systems thinking: Atheism vs. evangelical Christianity. Another reason why interest in atheism plunged and evangelical Christianity is seeing rapid growth

If you look at the Google trends graphs at Global searches for atheism/agnostic terms - Google trends you will see that once Richard Dawkins lost his popularity after the Elevatorgate controversy with feminists, general interest in atheism/agnosticism plunged as well within the English speaking world.

What is systems thinking?

According to the Systems Leadership Institute: "Systems thinking is a management discipline that concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the components that comprise the entirety of that defined system."

A fundamental principle of systems thinking is that if you have a key component of a system that will cause the system to shut down or degrade considerably then redundancy should be employed or the component should be able to be quickly replaced. 

Within evangelical Christianity there is a church pastor and church elders. So should anything happen to the pastor, an elder can quickly step in and replace him in many cases.  In addition, the Bible gives a blue print on how a pastor should be chosen and how he should behave. God knows what He is doing! See also: Growth of evangelical Christianity

Atheists on the other hand, put a very large amount of their eggs in the atheist celebrity Richard Dawkins basket. And to to make matters worse, they failed to have multiple layers of defenses against feminists when it came to them subjugating Dawkins under their collective low heeled shoes (Feminists don't wear high heels). Given Dawkins' two divorces before Elevatorgate (a sure sign that Dawkins does not understand women!), why didn't the atheist movement have a lady screen Dawkins' written statements to the public lest he wreak havoc on the atheist movement?  Dawkins was a clear and present danger to atheism. 

And when Dawkins went down in flames, did atheists have a replacement? No they did not. Perhaps if atheists better understood Intelligent Design, they would have a better grasp of systems thinking.

Atheists don't have a system in place to replace themselves

On July 24, 2013, CNS News reported:
Atheism is in decline worldwide, with the number of atheists falling from 4.5% of the world’s population in 1970 to 2.0% in 2010 and projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass."
Dr. Theo Hobson wrote in The Spectator in 2013 about Richard Dawkins and New Atheism:

The atheist spring that began just over a decade ago is over, thank God. Richard Dawkins is now seen by many, even many non-believers, as a joke figure... 
Atheism is still with us. But the movement that threatened to form has petered out. Crucially, atheism’s younger advocates are reluctant to compete for the role of Dawkins’s disciple. They are more likely to bemoan the new atheist approach and call for large injections of nuance. A good example is the pop-philosopher Julian Baggini. He is a stalwart atheist who likes a bit of a scrap with believers, but he’s also able to admit that religion has its virtues, that humanism needs to learn from it. For example, he has observed that a sense of gratitude is problematically lacking in secular culture, and suggested that humanists should consider ritual practices such as fasting.




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