Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trump’s defense demands for NATO would end Denmark’s welfare state. Smaller welfare state means lower prevalence of atheism. European atheism and economics/socialism

The article  Trump’s Defense Demands for NATO Would End Denmark’s Welfare State
 Only a handful of nations meet the requirement, including the U.K. and Poland. Meanwhile, Denmark and Germany, nations known for their generous welfare states, only spend 1.18 percent and 1.2 percent of their GDP on defense, respectively.
The atheist Niles Bieber writes:
In social democracies, there is less fear and uncertainty about the future because social welfare programs provide a safety net and better health care means that fewer people can expect to die young. People who are less vulnerable to the hostile forces of nature feel more in control of their lives and less in need of religion. Hence my finding of belief in God being higher in countries with a heavy load of infectious diseases.

In my new study of 137 countries, I also found that atheism increases for countries with a well-developed welfare state (as indexed by high taxation rates). Moreover, countries with a more equal distribution of income had more atheists.
Atheist professor Derek Bickerton states:
Nigel Barbers' post Why Atheism Will Replace Religion (henceforth WAWRR) is based on two assumptions: that improvement in economic conditions is the major driving force behind the spread of atheism. and that atheism will triumph globally when similar conditions spread to Asia, Africa and South America. Both assumptions are dubious indeed. With regard to the second, it's even dubious whether Europe and North America can maintain their current level of economic development. Plenty of civilizations have suffered economic collapse--why should ours be the one exception? But even if we do come out of the current depression, what difference will that make to the rest of the world?
So what will happen to European atheism if socialism is cut back in many countries due to higher defense spending or if social spending on the non-elderly population is cut back to support higher spending to support an aging population?  What will happen if Europe suffers significant economic troubles? 

Excerpt from the academic paper entitled The Changing Face of Global Christianity by Dr. Todd Johnson & Sandra S. Kim:
As Latourette’s Great Century was coming to a close, churches outside of Europe and the Americas that took root in the 19th century grew rapidly in the 20th century.10 Africa, in particular, led this transformation growing from only 10 million Christians in 1900 to 360 million by AD 2000. Given current trends, there could be over 600 million Christians in Africa by 2025. Shortly after 1980, Christians in the South outnumbered those in the North for the first time in 1,000 years. In 1900 over 80% of all Christians lived in Europe and Northern America, however, by 2005 this proportion had fallen to under 40% and will likely fall below 30% before 2050. Projections for the future show that the Christian churches of the Global South (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania) will likely continue to acquire an increasing percentage of global Christianity...

Another daily reality for Southern Christians is poverty. Much of the global South deals with serious issues of poverty and a lack of access to proper health care. Countries that have been hardest hit by AIDS, such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland, are also countries where Christianity is flourishing. Without access to the necessary medical care, accounts of healing and exorcism found in the Bible are taken more seriously. The work of the Holy Spirit exhibited in the ministry of signs and miracles of healing and deliverance from demonic powers has exploded in the ministry of Pentecostal/Charismatic churches in the global South. David Smith describes these churches as “overwhelmingly charismatic and conservative in character, reading the New Testament in ways that seem puzzlingly literal to their friends in the North,” and as “largely made up of poor people who in many cases live on the very edge of existence.”  Thus the growth of Christianity in poorer regions implies not only an alternative reading of the Bible, but a different experience of the Bible.

The article  Social unrest in Europe altering its religious landscape declares:
On November 9, 2009, the pro-evolution magazine Christianity Today published an article by a Berlin journalist entitled Germany's 'Cold Religion'. Among other things, the article claimed that if Martin Luther were alive today he would drive most of the present day German ministers from their pulpits.

Below is a relevant excerpt from the article in relation to the creation vs. evolution issue:
The Protestant state church is fairly dead. The percent of committed Christians in Germany is maybe at 3 or 4 percent. Eighty percent belong to a church nominally, Protestant or Catholic. A mere 0.5 percent belong to a free evangelical church. The percent of people believing in life after death is fewer than 50 percent. It's what a German philosopher, Ruediger Safranski, calls "cold religion," very left-brained, very cognitive, focused on rituals and membership but not on personal commitment. Sometimes the mainline bishops say we need to be more mission minded. But they don't put any money into it.

Is there something about German culture that keeps churches from growing?

Part of the problem is that German institutions are more important than they are in America. Unlike America, we don't have a history of being nonconformist, of doing "our own thing," of risking failure. We try to abide by the rules of the dominant system. And systems are slow to adapt. I like to put it this way: Europe is a legacy, whereas America is a project. Europe is about looking at what you have, not what you could have; it's about position, not potential, which makes change so much more difficult...

Every hundred years or so, you have major social unrest in Europe. You have people longing, looking for new solutions. And at that situation God anoints or calls people who are good with communicating and meetings those needs. People are so lonely these days, and relationships are so fragile. We are living in pretty revolutionary times.
So is there about a 100 year cycle of social unrest in Europe?

I also recommend reading the articles below:

Does atheism thrive on economic prosperity? Does religion prosper when people are desperate and ignorant?

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

The 5 most HORRIBLE pieces of information for militant atheists that has ever been published

Mr. Militant Atheist, are you stilling down?  If not, I suggest you do so. You are about to read  the 5 MOST HORRIBLE pieces of news for militant atheists that has ever been published


1.  China has the largest atheist population in the world. Evangelical Christianity is growing in that country at an explosive pace. By 2030, China is projected to have the world's largest Christian population. See: China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years

For additional information, please read:

Asian atheism

Growth of Christianity in China

2.  Japan has the second largest atheist population in the world.

A news article entitled Japan tops list of countries with shrinking population projection, but no one’s surprised indicates:

As you may have heard, the Japanese population has taken a turn for the older…and the smaller. In fact, it has even topped a list of five countries facing “extinction” according to Sputnik Japan. The statistics have got a lot of people talking online, and we’re here to share all the tongue-wagging with you!

The Sputnik article references a study by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) which lists five countries that are expected to see massive decreases in population over the next 35 years. According to the article, Japan’s population is projected to decrease by 25 percent from its current population of 126,981,000 to 95,152,000. The PRB also predicts that the portion of the population aged 65 or older will also make up a full 23 percent of the entire population.

3. France is a country with one of the largest atheist populations.

The newly revised article  Another torpedo is headed towards the S.S. Global Atheism. Au revoir atheist movement  paints an even bleaker future for French atheism than the original article.

4. 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.
5.   Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann, Belfer Center, Harvard University/Birkbeck College, University of London

And remember, Jesus said, "The meek shall inherit the earth".  And Jesus is never wrong! 

Another torpedo is headed towards the S.S. Global Atheism. Au revoir atheist movement

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.
See also: Immigrant evangelical churches are a fast growing movement in France

"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!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

An additional sign the atheist movement has imploded. Reddit post: "Why is everyone mocking atheism all of a sudden?"

The social media website Reddit used to heavily promote atheism and had the atheism subreddit on its main page. Since then, internet atheism has imploded (See also: Internet atheism)

A 2016 Reddit post entitled Why is everyone mocking atheism all of a sudden? declared: "Now making fun of religion gets you labeled as a neckbeard or edgy, when like 2 years ago atheism was the main driving force of reddit?"
A member of Reddit responded to the post indicating:
A few years ago r/atheism had a "faces of atheism" campaign where people submitted pictures of themselves with some comment on atheism on them. It was so embarrassing and cringeworthy that the reddit mods removed r/atheism from the frontpage/main reddits because the reputation of the site itself was being tarnished. Since then, people started combining the (already existing) "fat neckbeard" stereotype with atheism and made parodies of the faces of atheism, like some ugly/underage fedora wearer saying cringe stuff like "intellect is my blade" etc.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Another sign the atheist movement in America has imploded: Cancelled atheist conferences

YouTube atheist Thunderfoot said about the atheist movement after 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?

So is there another sign that the atheist movement in America has imploded?

Yes! Cancelled atheist conferences!

Behold the cancelled atheist conferences:

New Atheist Convention Cancelled

Looks Like Yet Another Atheist Conference is Cancelled

Note to Atheists: Don’t Run a Conference Unless You Know What You’re Doing

Reason Really 2016 Crashed and Burned

Thunderf00t vs. Eric Hovind at the Reason Rally 2012

New atheism and morality

Two excellent articles relating to New Atheism and morality:

Can We Be Good Without God? by Craig Hasen 

Atheists and the Quest for Objective Morality by Chad Meister

Friday, November 18, 2016

New Alexa data: Women are not interested in visiting Richard Dawkins' website

Alexa provides web traffic and analytics data for website.

Below is the current traffic and demographic data for the web visitors who are visiting Richard Dawkins  website.

Notice how few women are interested in visiting Richard Dawkins' website.

How popular is richarddawkins.net?

Alexa Traffic Ranks

How is this site ranked relative to other sites?

Audience Demographics

How similar is this site's audience to the general internet population?


Internet Average


Richard Dawkins and women

Richard Dawkins and women

Does Richard Dawkins have machismo?

Does Richard Dawkins have machismo?

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Atheist Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has his radio program replaced by round-the-clock Christmas music

Read this article: Atheist radio show hosts get replaced by round-the-clock Christmas musi

A message to atheists Dan Barker and his atheist wife Annie Laurie Gaylor: Fall on your knees!  O hear the angel voices! Oh come let us adore Him. Oh come let us adore Him. Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

What will happen to Western atheism and Eastern atheism after the dominos of British atheism and Chinese atheism fall?

If you haven't read the below articles, I would strongly suggest doing so.

British atheism: 

Google UK: Interest in atheism is dropping like a rock. Google trend data for the UK

A thermonuclear bomb of Christianity has hit the region formerly known as "godless Britain"

Voluntary ethnic segregration is dramatically up in Britain. Militant Darwinists/atheists abandon all hope that atheistic indoctrination and assimilation will occur throughout Britain 

European atheism and global atheism:  Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann

Yale Daily News reported in an article entitled White Europeans: An endangered species? that "Without a major shift in the current fertility trends, industrialized Europe will see its native population decline by about three-fourths over the 21st century." See also: Western atheism and race

Chinese atheism:

Chinese pastor who was lame from his youth supernaturally healed. His atheist family converts to Christianity 

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years

When Will China Become the World’s Largest Christian Country?, Slate

Cracks in the atheist edifice, The Economist, November 1, 2014

What will happen to Western atheism and Eastern atheism after the dominos of British atheism and Chinese atheism fall?

So what will happen to atheism in the United States and the rest of the Anglosphere when British atheism sees a decline in the 21st century?   

What will happen to Asian/Eastern atheism when atheism in China sees a big decline? 

Since these two rows of dominoes falling will be happening simultaneously, below is a visual demonstration of what will occur. 

Chinese pastor who was lame from his youth supernaturally healed. His atheist family converts to Christianity

The Christian Post reports:
A Chinese pastor who suffered much persecution for spreading Christianity in the officially atheist country, sent the faith of a global gathering of Christians soaring Wednesday when he testified how his entire atheist family turned to God after he was healed of an illness that had left him crippled in his youth through prayers to Jesus.

Growth of Christianity in China

Persecution of Christians in China

Voluntary ethnic segregration is dramatically up in Britain. Militant Darwinists/atheists abandon all hope that atheistic indoctrination and assimilation will occur throughout Britain

Consider these news stories:

Britain's white flight: Report reveals how racial segregation has risen 'strikingly' in just 10 years - with numbers of whites in some areas down by up to HALF

Go away, you shouldn't be here. Don't come back': The corner of Yorkshire that has almost no white residents

Notice this line from the second story: "Entire districts are segregated, warns report, as it urges school intakes to be mixed". 

The Darwinists/atheists are worried that evolutionism will not be taught in the Muslim controlled schools and other schools controlled by religious fundamentalists.  

 The news story Creationist views 'risk going unchallenged in schools' indicates:
The Government's Prevent strategy, introduced to tackle radicalisation in schools, has been blamed for creating a "hypersensitivity" among teachers when teaching evolution and challenging elements of the Muslim faith
Headteacher, Tom Sherrington, said there was a risk that schools could shy away from teaching evolution for fear of "provoking a reaction" in pupils with creationist views.
He warned that the programme has "added to the sense that you treat Muslim students as different" and that the tone of the strategy "makes any engagement directly questioning the faith position of Muslim students more challenging"...
"The antagonism that creationist students feel when their faith is challenged by science is quite extreme; it’s a big deal to tell them that they are wrong. It provokes a response that in the current climate could be misconstrued.
He added: "It would be a big mistake for science teachers to teach evolution any differently, just because of this fear of alienating Muslim students through Prevent approaches."....

Sherrington wrote: "Discussion of evolution – or any brush with Richard Dawkins – will present a massive challenge to students who hold creationist views.
Once the Muslim towns successfully refuse to engage in Darwinist indoctrination, it is just a matter of time before various Christian schools do the same.

The Telegraph says about Britain:  There is "an explosion in the number of newer Pentecostal and evangelical Churches outside of the traditional denominations."

Mr. Militant Atheist, the days of milquetoast evolution loving Anglicans in Britain are coming to an end. Are you ready for creationists to control what is being taught in many British schools?

Evolutionism is doomed in its birthplace of Britain. And Britain is the most significant stronghold of atheism in the Anglosphere. Once it sees a big decline, American atheism will wither.  The anemic attendance at the 2016 Reason Rally held in the United States  is proof of this. In 2011, New Atheism and the atheist movement saw a big decline after the British new atheist Richard Dawkins caused a schism within atheist population between progressive/feminist atheists and anti-feminist/non-progressive atheists. So was it a big surprise that the 2016 Reason Rally was sparsely attended?

Atheism is so doomed.  For about forty years we have seen the birth pangs of the decline of atheism.

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."

And China, which has the world's largest atheist population, is experiencing a dramatic rise of evangelical Christianity. By 2030, China will have the largest Christian population in the world.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

7 more pieces of grim news for militant atheists in 2016

In August of 2016, I wrote the article  7 pieces of GRIM news for the atheist who asked: "What's killing the atheist movement?  which was the most popular article of this blog.

I have 7 more pieces of grim news for militant atheists for 2016

1.  Darwinism is under siege. Evolution rethink meeting in November of 2016

In November of 2016, creationists will of course report on the growing disharmony of evolutionists.

2. As you can see below Islam is growing more prominent in the UK (especially in London), the home of Darwinism and new atheist Richard Dawkins.  Muslims are creationists, anti-homosexual, etc. It is just a matter of time before Darwinism is vigorously challenged in London and other British cities.

Islam has conquered London

Behead, Burn, And Crush Gays’ Islamic Preacher To Deliver 10 Days Of Lectures In London

Polygamy is “commonplace” within Muslim communities in Britain, with husbands fathering as many as 20 children by four wives, a Peer has said.

3.  Desperate militant atheists in Chinese government are trying to stop a wave of Christianity. 

China Seeks Tighter Grip in Wake of a Religious Revival

Since 1979, Protestant Christianity has been growing in China at a compound annual growth rate of more than 10 percent. There were 3 million Christians in China in 1980, compared to 58 million in 2010, according to Fenggyang Yang, director of the Center of Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University.

The growth rate of Christianity in China has been put at 7 percent a year by David Aikman, author of Jesus in Beijing, a former TIME Magazine

4  Evangelical Christianity is growing rapidly in France.  Religious fundamentalism is growing in France and getting politically active

Evangelical Christianity is growing quickly in France

Tens of Thousands March in Paris Against Gay Marriage

5.  From a global perspective, Google trend data for atheism/agnosticism related terms is still negative as can be seen in these graphs: General atheism/agnostic terms - World
6.  Christianity in Myanmar/Burma growing at dramatic pace despite Buddhist extremists threat

7.  Evangelical right is ascendant in Latin America

Growth of Christianity in China

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 is a BAD year for internet atheism

Global market share of Richard Dawkins' website - Alexa data

Global market share of Feethoughtblogs website - Alexa data

Monday, October 10, 2016

Another sign the HMS Atheism is taking on more water in 2016

Yet, another sign that the HMS Atheism is taking on more water in 2016:

 Looks Like Yet Another Atheist Conference is Cancelled

2016 is going to continue to be a very BAD year for atheism.

2016 continues to be a HORRIBLE year for militant atheists

As you can tell by the Google trends graphs below,. 2016 continues to be a HORRIBLE year for militant atheists.. Please allow time for the graphs to load on your screen. 

2016 Google trends: Global searches on atheism/agnosticism terms

2016 Google trends: United States searches on atheism/agnosticism terms

Friday, September 30, 2016

Atheist blogger: We’re fracturing our movement into a thousand tiny micro groups that will be useless

The atheist blogger David Smalley wrote in a post entitled What's killing the atheist movement:
When our “friends” on Facebook or Twitter make a comment that we find offensive or absurd, we are so quick to disown them and “take a public stand” immediately, that we’re fracturing our movement into a thousand tiny micro groups that will be useless against the larger powers we’re collectively fighting...

...where’s our Humanism? Where are the private and personal phone calls to work things out? Where’s our love for humanity,,

 when you don’t like someone’s opinion of a certain issue,,,you decide to attack his or her appearance, disability, weight, or anything else that may be a struggle for them, you’re being a bully, even if you think they were a bully first.

You may justify it that way. But the rest of us still see that as bullying, when you had the power to do something productive.

And that doesn’t lead to progress. It only leads to more fighting, smaller groups, and a more ineffective atheist movement for the greater good.,,,

Why are we so quick to look for signs, to see what side of an issue a person is on so that we know whether or not to publicly disavow him or her? What happened to looking at the humans behind the comments to see what’s fueling the rage, or misinformation?
 Notice how he says: "we’re fracturing our movement into a thousand tiny micro groups that will be useless against the larger powers we’re collectively fighting."

Thank God the atheist movement is so divided!  Divide et impera. That is Latin for divide and conquer.

I disavow you! You are not acting like a TRUE atheist. Whatever that is!

Atheists can't even agree on a definition of atheism (see: Definition of atheism).  If only there were not so many atheist poseurs masquerading as atheists when they are actually agnostics.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Why the Shadow To Light blog is one of the best blogs that covers the topic of atheism

The Shadow To Light blog is one of my  favorite blogs that covers the topic of atheism. It is the only Christian blog that I am aware of that almost exclusively focuses on the topic of atheism and posts regularly. And it is well-written and well-researched.

The Shadow To Light blog may be the only theistic blog in the world to regularly post on atheism (The blog Atheism Analyzed has diversified into covering leftist politics as well).

I spoke to a Christian apologists who mentioned the Shadow To Light  blog and he had a very favorable opinion of the blog.

Many  Europeans seem apathetic about the atheism vs. Christianity issue and outspoken atheists are a tiny squeak of the population in most of the non-European countries of the world.

The three main battlefronts related to atheism are: Europe, China and the United States (admittedly atheists are a very small percentage of the American population. According to Pew Research,  in  2012  2.4% of American adults say they are atheists).  The 21st century is not going to be kind to the atheist movement in Europe and China (see: Desecularization in Europe and Asian atheism). 

 Is there a Christian blog on atheism in Asia that posts regularly? Maybe, but I doubt it exists in China given Chinese censorship of the internet.

Are there any theistic blogs on atheism in Islamic countries? I doubt it. First, atheists are likely a squeak in the population of all Islamic societies. Second, the Islamic countries mainly oppose atheism via social ostracism, vigilante and family violence against atheists (Apostates to Islam are often killed in Islamic countries)  and laws against atheism (A Saudi outspoken atheists was recently imprisoned, fined and sentenced to 2,000 lashes to be given over period of time).

You can visit the Shadow To Light blog via this link: Shadow To Light blog

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The atheist movement and battle fatigue

The atheistic Soviet Union with all its modern military technology was defeated by the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

According to the New York Times, "The Soviet Army has performed poorly during its eight-and-a-half-year war in Afghanistan, largely because of low morale, according to a study of its combat effectiveness completed for the United States Army." Morale matters! And atheism is not a very motivating ideology (see: Atheism and apathy).

If only the godless Soviets had the high morale of the soldiers of Christ! The prominent historian Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, said, "Christianity, the world's largest religion, is rapidly expanding – by all indications, its future is very bright." (see: High morale of Christendom ).

Colonel Dave Grossman and Bruce K. Siddle wrote in their work the "Psychological Effects of Combat" which was published in the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict
During World War II, 504,000 men were lost from America's combat forces due to psychiatric collapse--enough to man 50 divisions. The United States suffered this loss despite efforts to weed out those mentally and emotionally unfit for combat by classifying more than 800,000 men 4-F (unfit for military service) due to psychiatric reasons. At one point in World War II, psychiatric casualties were being discharged from the U.S. Army faster than new recruits were being drafted in.

Swank and Marchand's World War II study of US Army combatants on the beaches of Normandy found that after 60 days of continuous combat, 98% of the surviving soldiers had become psychiatric casualties. And the remaining 2% were identified as "aggressive psychopathic personalities." Thus it is not too far from the mark to observe that there is something about continuous, inescapable combat which will drive 98% of all men insane, and the other 2% were crazy when they got there...

It must be understood that the kind of continuous, protracted combat that produces such high psychiatric casualty rates is largely a product of 20th-century warfare. The Battle of Waterloo lasted only a day. Gettysburg lasted only three days--and they took the nights off. It was only in World War I that armies began to experience months of 24-hour combat, and it is in World War I that vast numbers of psychiatric casualties were first observed.
97% of the world's population growth is taking place  in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious.  In the coming decades, religious immigrants will be pouring into secular Europe to replace an aging workforce due to irreligious Europeans not having a replacement level of fertility. Europe will become post secular. China, which has the largest atheist population, is seeing  an explosive growth of evangelical Christianity.  Evangelical Christianity is expected to grow as a percentage of the world's population in the 21st century.

In terms of the global picture, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, the atheist movement will be losing ground in the 21st century due to demographic changes and other factors (see: Causes of desecularization ). This will invariably affect educational systems, the media and a wide range of government policies.  Religious people vote in elections and consumers vote in terms of their purchases.  For example, news organizations will not want to lose religious customers by offending them as the religious become more dominant in a culture. And today's news organization are operating 24 hours a day. In short, militant atheists in the 21st century will face continuous, protracted culture war which they will be losing to an ever increasing degree.

Eric Kaufmann, an agnostic professor whose academic research specialty is how demographic changes affect religion/irreligion and politics, wrote in 2010:
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
Grossman and Bruce K.Siddle further wrote in their work the "Psychological Effects of Combat:
The soldier in combat endures many indignities...

The ultimate fear and horror in most modern lives is to be raped, tortured, or beaten, to be physically degraded in front of loved ones or to have the sanctity of the home invaded by aggressive and hateful intruders.

Death or debilitation is statistically far more likely to occur by disease or accident than by malicious action, but statistics have nothing to do with fear.
In Sweden, Germany and elsewhere in Europe , the irreligious have seen Muslim immigrants target irreligious women in terms of sexual assault (see: Atheism vs. Islam).  The YouTube atheist Pat Condell is very angry about the European Muslim rape problem.  Yet, the irreligious have a poor track record when it comes to rape and domestic violence (see: Atheism and rape and Irreligion and domestic violence). 

In a public lecture held in Australia, an irreligious woman asked the academic and agnostic Eric Kaufmann how he thought fundamentalist influence would affect public policy as far as the teaching of evolutionism in public schools. You could tell she was very fearful when she asked this question as she was afraid of Kaufmann's answer. Needless to say, Kaufmann provided her no reassurance that Darwinism would continue to be taught in public schools (see: Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation ).

In 2009, The Guardian reported:
Mass migration has led to a rise in creationist beliefs across Europe, according to a British scientist.
Michael Reiss, who is a professor of education at the Institute of Education in London and an Anglican priest, said the evolution-creationism debate could no longer be thought of as something that happened elsewhere and that more and more people in the UK did not accept evolution.
Reiss told the Guardian that countries with a higher proportion of Muslims or fundamentalist Christians in their population were more likely to reject evolution. He added: "What the Turks believe today is what the Germans and British believe tomorrow. It is because of the mass movement of people between countries.
"These things can no longer be thought of as occurring in other countries. In London, where I work, there are increasingly quite large numbers of highly intelligent 16, 17 and 18-year-olds doing Advanced Level biology who do not accept evolution. That's either because they come from a fundamentalist Christian background or from Muslim backgrounds."
The British newspaper The Telegraph declared in an article entitled Richard Dawkins: Muslim parents 'import creationism' into schools:
 Prof Dawkins, a well-known atheist, also blamed the Government for accommodating religious views and allowing creationism to be taught in schools.

"Most devout Muslims are creationists so when you go to schools, there are a large number of children of Islamic parents who trot out what they have been taught," Prof Dawkins said in a Sunday newspaper interview.

"Teachers are bending over backwards to respect home prejudices that children have been brought up with. The Government could do more, but it doesn't want to because it is fanatical about multiculturalism and the need to respect the different traditions from which these children come."
Now as the irreligious attain critical mass in terms of a voting block, it is inevitable that secular sacred cows in terms of pseudoscience (for example, Darwinism)  and secular leftist ideologies will be rejected by the public and no longer promoted in public schools. Kaufmann believes that the conservative/fundamentalists of the Abrahamic religions will form alliances regarding matters they agree on.

Is a culture war as intense as a modern battle field? No.  At the same time, militant atheists and atheist activists are a proud lot (see:Atheism and arrogance ).  They are exactly the type of people who are most vulnerable to continuous and protracted conflict where they suffer defeats. For example, after 5 years of conflict with feminists where the feminists were largely winning, the New Atheist Richard Dawkins appears to have buckled under the pressure.

Atheist Hemant Mehta reported about Dawkins' stroke:
 It was the result of stress-related higher blood pressure, which he says he may have had as a result of recent controversy, including being booted from the NECSS conference. He added, however, that on February 5, he received a letter from conference organizers apologizing for disinviting him and asking him back to the conference.
Post Elevatorgate controversy, Dawkins saw a large loss of public influence (see: Richard Dawkins' loss of influence ). In 2013, Martin Robbins wrote in the New Statesman concerning the public persona of Dawkins: "Increasingly though, his public output resembles that of a man desperately grasping for attention and relevance..."

Dawkins has a reputation for being an angry, aggressive and abrasive man (see: Richard Dawkins and anger and Abrasiveness of Richard Dawkins).  Imagine how angry he must have been to lose his battles with feminists.

According to Glenn Gandelman, MD, "A recent study indicates that angry men have higher blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease." 

Due to his chronic high blood pressure, Dawkins has been repeatedly warned by his doctors to avoid controversies. After his stroke, he finally gave up posting to Twitter.

In the last 5 years particularly, the morale of the atheist movement has plummeted (see Atheist pessimism about the atheist movement ).

Atheists have higher suicide rates that the religious and higher rates of alcoholism/drug addiction (see:  Atheism and suicide and Atheism and alcoholism and Atheism and drug addiction).  

The prestigious Mayo Clinic indicated on December 11, 2001:
In an article also published in this issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers reviewed published studies, meta-analyses, systematic reviews and subject reviews that examined the association between religious involvement and spirituality and physical health, mental health, health-related quality of life and other health outcomes. The authors report a majority of the nearly 350 studies of physical health and 850 studies of mental health that have used religious and spiritual variables have found that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes.
The data from social sciences - namely demography, history, medical science, sociology and psychology - point to the atheist movement suffering losses in the 21st century and many atheists being very demoralized by these losses. Atheists may desperately grasps for attention for a time, but as time goes on, resignation will set in. I can already see resignation/pessimism setting in post decline of the New Atheism.

And there are signs that the intellectual assault on atheism is increasing.

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. This gave birth to the modern interest in Apologetics and Creationism. 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...

...with the birth of the modern creationism and apologetics, 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.

From the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century the rationalists had their heyday, snatching away millions of young people from their Christian faith and commitment. The wounds of this loss can been seen in Christendom even today, but at the same time this loss has been greatly minimized now because of the work of Christian apologists.

Today anyone desiring to know about the Bible, and its connection with science, evolution, history, archaeology, has read any number of books on this topic. Literally thousands of titles are available, and he can choose anywhere from the most simple books to the most technically advanced ones. Thus the modern apologetics movement has been able to arrest the way in which rationalists have been bleeding the Christian church
Ratio Christi is launching Christian apologetics clubs at college/university campuses. The Trinity Graduate School of Apologetics and Theology initiative which offers quality Christian apologetics for free to third world country students and charges extremely low costs for others.

What does history and other data tell us about the vulnerability of atheistic beliefs when they are challenged with theistic beliefs (see: Atheism has a lower retention rate compared to other worldviews )?

A creeping barrage of Christian apologetics intellectual artillery has caused atheists to largely crawl in their "intellectual bunny holes" (see: Stagnaton of atheist apologetics ).

Now most so-called atheists are merely atheist posers who claim that atheism is merely a "lack of belief" in God/gods.  How is that different from agnosticism? See: Definition of atheism  

Studs Terkel, a self-described agnostic, jokingly referred to the frequent charge of agnostics being called cowardly, "You happen to be talking to an agnostic. You know what an agnostic is? A cowardly atheist".

Atheism is dying in terms of its global market share. Atheist activists are increasing becoming demoralized. And atheists are now faced with a creeping barrage of excellent material defending the reasonableness of Christianity and the unreasonableness of atheism. Should Jesus tarry, in the latter half of the 21st century or possibly earlier, everywhere atheists look they will see a creeping barrage of BAD news (see: Desecularization).

Below is a video of a creeping barrage of artillery fire. As you will soon see, a creeping artillery barrage can be a very demoralizing thing.  In addition, there is a video on the effects of artillery on the combat effectiveness of the opposing forces. The last video is a reminder of what happens when men oppose God - they lose!

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