Another torpedo is heading towards the S.S. Global Atheism.
Historically and at the present time, France is a significant player when it comes to global atheism (see also: 18th century atheism ).
Now even mainstream press outlets like CNBC are speculating that a civil war will occur in France as can be seen by this recent article What next? Could France be facing a civil war?
It looks like a significant portion of the world's atheist population, namely French atheists, will be bogged down in a war zone sometime in the 21st century.
I read a concise and informative article about the current state of events in France and the author thought a civil war will break out in France in the next 10 years (see: Why France is on the brink of civil war ). According to the article, the atheists in France are very ignorant about religion due to the education system largely ignoring the topic. The situation in France between the ignorant and intolerant atheists and the disgruntled, unassimilated and radical Muslims who live in ghettos reminds me of a line in the movie Cool Hand Luke: "What we've got here is failure to communicate".
According to a recently published Pew Research article
Germany and France have the largest Muslim populations among European Union member countries. As of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8% of the country’s population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5%). In Europe overall, however, Russia’s population of 14 million Muslims (10%) is the largest on the continent...
The Muslim share of Europe’s total population has been increasing steadily. In recent decades, the Muslim share of the population throughout Europe grew about 1 percentage point a decade, from 4% in 1990 to 6% in 2010. This pattern is expected to continue through 2030, when Muslims are projected to make up 8% of Europe’s population.
Two questions to consider:
1. Who won the Soviet Afghan War? The militant atheists of the Soviet Union or the Islamic nation of Afghanistan?
2. In recent times, how good are the godless French when it comes to fighting wars? How well did the French do in World War II, Mr. Militant Atheist?
All I can say is that if the French atheists get involved in a religious/civil war, they better bring a stronger religion than the religion of secular leftistism! Otherwise, they may be bogged down for a long time.
On July 12, 2012, the Christian Science Monitor reported:
|“||French scholars say, evangelicalism is likely the fastest-growing religion in France – defying all stereotypes about Europe’s most secular nation... Daniel Liechti, vice-president of the French National Evangelical Council, found that since 1970, a new evangelical church has opened in France every 10 days. The number of churches increased from 769 to 2,068 last year.||”|
"Worldwide, the march of religion can probably only be reversed by a renewed, self-aware secularism. Today, it appears exhausted and lacking in confidence... Secularism's greatest triumphs owe less to science than to popular social movements like nationalism, socialism and 1960s anarchist-liberalism. Ironically, secularism's demographic deficit means that it will probably only succeed in the twenty-first century if it can create a secular form of 'religious' enthusiasm." - Eric Kaufmann, an agnostic professor whose academic research specialty is how demographic changes affect religion/irreligion and politics
On July 24, 2013, CNS News indicated:
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.Au revoir atheist movement!