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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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Evangélicos are causing American, secular leftists to quake in their boots. Evangélicos will beat militant atheism like a piñata. Olé! Olé! Olé!


Atheists have often relied on the power of the state to promulgate its ideology and silence dissent (See: Atheist indoctrination).

I have some bad news for American,  militant atheists:  Evangélicos are causing secular leftists to quake in their boots. Evangélicos will beat militant atheism like a piñata.  Olé! Olé! Olé!

Behold!  Think Progress, a bastion of secular leftism, published an article entitled The Explosive Growth Of Evangelical Belief In Latinos Has Big Political Implications

In 2014, Time magazine published the article Why One In Four U.S. Latinos Now Identify As Former Catholics

In 2016, Voice of America reported  about Hispanic evangelicals:
A 2014 Pew study found 70 percent of evangelical Latinos think abortion should be mostly or entirely illegal....

On homosexuality... 66 percent of evangelicals opposing gay marriage.
In 2015, Pew Research indicated: "The Hispanic population reached a new high of 55.4 million in 2014 (or 17.4% of the total U.S. population), an increase of 1.2 million (2.1%) from the year before."

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.):
More and more evidence keeps coming in indicating that in America atheism will be out! Señor Jesus and tangos will be in!






Public interest in naturalism and anti-supernaturalism is declining. Public interest in the miraculous and the supernatural is up



















One of the core beliefs of many atheists is that supernatural events don't occur and supernatural entities don't exist. Philosophers commonly call this ideology "naturalism".

On August 19, I published a post 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.

So is public interest in naturalism growing or declining?

Google trends indicates the worldwide searches for the term naturalism has a downward trend (see: Worldwide Google searches for the term naturalism ).

On the other hand, worldwide Google searches for term "supernatural" is dramatically up since 2004 and Google searches for the terms "miracle" and "miracles" have seen a jump in the last year (see: Worldwide Google searches for the terms supernatural, miracle and miracles).


Naturalism is an invalid and illogical ideology


The Summit Lecture Series: Scientific Naturalism Worldview with JP Moreland, part 1 from Jefferson Drexler on Vimeo.


The Summit Lecture Series: Scientific Naturalism with JP Moreland, part 2 from Jefferson Drexler on Vimeo.


The Summit Lecture Series: Scientific Naturalism Worldview with JP Moreland, part 3 from Jefferson Drexler on Vimeo.


The Summit Lecture Series: Scientific Naturalism Worldview with JP Moreland, part 4 from Jefferson Drexler on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Is the internet destroying atheism and the atheist movement?


The atheist Neil Carter wrote:
Friends of mine have noted lately how biting and critical the atheist community can be, not only toward outsiders, but even toward its own members. Has there ever been a subculture more prone to eating its own than this one? I really don’t know.
Before the internet, atheists were rather isolated. But now atheists can rip into each other mercilessly 24 hours a day via the internet. Atheistic cultures are still very lonely cultures compared to deeply religious cultures and there are plenty of lonely atheists, however now atheists can scream into their computer monitors and pound their fists in fury upon their computer desks in response to the unreasonableness of their fellow atheists (see: Atheism and loneliness and Atheism and socialability).

Prior to many people being online, Richard Dawkins could largely communicate with atheists/agnostics via his books. The social ineptness and abrasiveness of Richard Dawkins could be more readily hidden from the godless and various members of the wider public. But thanks to internet, Dawkins was able to grind into a fine dust all that goodwill he built up with his atheists, agnostics and others via his books. In addition, within the atheist movement he ignited a war between the sexes that still exists to this day (see: Elevatorgate ).  Now the atheist movement is anemic and dying (see: New Atheism is dead. The atheist movement is anemic. Now what? ).

Second, the atheist Brendan O'Neill published an article in  The Telegraph entitled "How Atheists Became the Most Colossally Smug and Annoying People on the Planet" which declared: "These days, barely a week passes without the emergence of yet more evidence that atheists are the most irritating people on Earth."

Previous to the the internet being very accessible, one could go years or decades without running into an unpleasant and wicked atheist.  Granted Christians always believed the Bible verse "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'  They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds  there is none who does good." (Proverbs 14:1).  At same time, with the advent of the  internet now one has ready access to reams of data confirming the breadth and depth of atheist unpleasantness/wickedness.

For example, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have high rates of internet usage

The abstract of a 2014 peer-reviewed study entitled Everything Is Permitted? People Intuitively Judge Immorality as Representative of Atheists which was published in the journal Plos One reported:
American participants intuitively judged a wide variety of immoral acts (e.g., serial murder, consensual incest, necrobestiality, cannibalism) as representative of atheists, but not of eleven other religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Even atheist participants judged immoral acts as more representative of atheists than of other groups. These findings demonstrate a prevalent intuition that belief in God serves a necessary function in inhibiting immoral conduct, and may help explain persistent negative perceptions of atheists
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."
In 2015, the Christian Post indicated in a story entitled Atheists Widely Distrusted, Even Among Themselves, UK Study Finds:
 Distrust of atheists is "deeply and culturally ingrained" among people, and even many atheists are not able to trust each other, according to a new study carried out by the psychology department at Nottingham Trent University in England.

Published in the International Journal for The Psychology of Religion, the study, "The Robustness of Anti-Atheist Prejudice as Measured by Way of Cognitive Errors," was conducted with 100 participants from the U.K. ....

The study shows that "anti-atheist prejudice is not confined either to dominantly religious countries or to religious individuals, but rather appears to be a robust judgment about atheists."
Furthermore, the public's perception of atheists can be readily confirmed by a wealth of social science/historical data readily available via the internet  (see:  Moral failures of the atheiest population).

If this weren't enough, thanks to the modern marvel of the internet,  the public now has at their fingertips rebuttals to a host of atheist claptrap (see:  Rebuttals to atheist arguments). So now you can see with perfect clarity not only are atheists an unsavory lot, but they are wrong as well.



What are the odds of the atheist movement becoming successful? 10 reasons why the atheist movement will fail



An atheist recently asked: "What's killing the atheist movement?".  The prominent atheist PZ Myers responded  with a post entitled What if the atheist movement needs to die?

The atheist movement is:

1.  Deeply divided.  See: Atheist factions

2.  Vastly outnumbered and this situation is expected to get significantly worse over time according to religious/irreligious demography scholars.  Atheism  has a 20+ year track record of losing global market share in terms of adherents. See: Atheist Population and  Desecularization

3.  Has a very poor reputation with those it wants to influence.  Its bad reputation has existed for thousands of years. See: Views on atheists

4.  Has poor leadership "leading" people who are traditionally apathetic, quarrelsome and arrogant. The atheist movement also put a very large portion of its eggs in the Richard Dawkins' basket only to see Richard Dawkins and the New Atheism movement implode. See: Atheism and leadership and  Atheism and apathy and Atheism and arrogance

5.  Atheists are not only distrusted by religious people, but atheists frequently distrusts each other. See: Views on atheists

6.  Poorly funded and often has mismanagement of funds. See: Atheism and charity
and Atheist nonprofit scandals and Atheist fundraising vs. religious fundraising

7.  Has no detailed plan or goals in terms of increasing its global market share. See: Atheists and agnostics: Where is your master plan to reverse your decline?

8.  It recently has developed a reputation for cowardly avoiding/backing out of debates (see: Atheism and cowardice).

9.  Has often relied on the power of the state to promulgate its ideology and silence dissent.  The historian Martin Van Crevel points out that sovereign states are losing power/influence due to technology democratizing access to information, welfare states increasingly failing, fourth-generation warfare being waged against countries and sovereign states increasingly losing their ability to maintain internal order. See: Atheist indoctrination

10.  Has low morale. See: Atheist pessimism about the atheist movement

If you were a betting man, would you place a bet on the atheist movement's success?

Monday, August 22, 2016

7 pieces of GRIM news for the atheist who asked: "What's killing the atheist movement?"


There are 7 pieces of GRIM news for the the atheist who recently asked: "What's killing the atheist movement?"

1. A majority of atheists lean politically to the left. The left often caters to atheists. Secular leftists are going to be more ornery and desperate as the far right continues  to be ascendant in Europe and eventually gains more power in the USA.

Nationalism and anti-immigrant sentiment is not going away. Europe has an aging population and faces low economic growth. As the economic pie shrinks, anti-immigrant feelings will likely rise which will fuel right wing political parties. If I am wrong, religious immigrants will continue to pour into the West. Either way, secular leftism faces grim prospects long term. 

In short, losing teams generally get more ornery with time and not less.

2. A 24 hour a day non-stop prayer movement has gripped China.  The movement started in 2009 as can be seen by video below (see also the news story: Non-stop prayer movement has gripped atheist China).

China currently has the largest atheist population but Christianity is seeing explosive growth in China.  By 2030, China is expected to have the largest Christian population in the world (and the type of Christianity in China is largely of the evangelical Christianity type). See: Growth of Christianity in China

Atheist, if fervent Christian prayer doesn't work, then why is the Christian non-stop prayer movement in China seeing such spectacular results?

The academic  Eric Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us".   Don't be surprised if you open a fortune cookie and find a Bible verse!

The desecularization of China will have a future impact on the atheist movement in two ways. First, additional competition from Christianity. Second, the type of atheism/anti-religion in a region often is reactionary and a reflection of the dominant religion in an area.

Consider:

Professor Fenggang Yang indicates:
One sign of the advancing state of Christianity in China is that it is reaching out to the larger world. Nine hundred Chinese pastors gathered in Hong Kong this fall for the Mission 2030 Conference. Their goal: To send out 20,000 missionaries from mainland China by 2030.
Christianity is having a positive effect on China (see articles below).  China is expected to be a dominant power in the 21st century and Europe is expected to be a declining power. Various scholars and financial experts are predicting the 21st century  to be an Asian century. On the other hand, there is reason to believe that America might remain largely the world's only superpower for much or all of the 21st century. Either way, the future could have two Christian powers being preeminent in the world. Please read the articles directly below for details.

In addition,  China believes in "soft power".  Soft power in the form of cultural influence on other countries (The East has a long tradition of achieving objectives through indirect methods). Part of a culture is certainly its religion.  So again,  the Christianization of China could easily have an effect on the rest of the world.

China:
USA: 

These Are the 5 Reasons Why the U.S. Remains the World’s Only Superpower

The 21st Century Will Belong To America

 

Europe:

 

Post Western World


3. The atheist Neil Carter wrote:
Friends of mine have noted lately how biting and critical the atheist community can be, not only toward outsiders, but even toward its own members. Has there ever been a subculture more prone to eating its own than this one? I really don’t know.
Human cultures absent of God's redemptive power and/or a cultural legacy of biblical Christianity are capable of great evil. It was no accident that atheistic communism resulted in the deaths of about 150 million people in the 20th century.  See: Atheism and mass murder and Protestant cultural legacies

4. Vox Day, author of the brisk selling books SJWs Always Lie and The Irrational Atheist is coming out with his "Big Fork Project" in about 5 weeks which I believe is an alternative right  project to provide an alternatives to internet platforms where the secular left has a lot of influence and censors individuals on the right end of the spectrum (Wikipedia, Twitter, and Facebook. See also: Why we need to replace Wikipedia by Vox Day).  Do you think an alt-right wiki influenced by Vox Day will have an atheism article sympathetic to atheism? If so, you are sadly mistaken!

5. Desecularization is the process by which religion reasserts its societal influence though religious values, institutions, sectors of society and symbols in reaction to previous and/or co-occurring secularization processes.

Global desecularization is a trend that has been occurring since at least the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. All indications is that its pace will quicken this century.

In 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."
For more information, please see: Desecularization

6. Few people are going to attend the funeral of the death of atheist movement. The demographic changes causing desecularization will happen over generations although the pace of desecularization will quicken in the 21st century and beyond. See:  Acceleration of 21st desecularization

The religious have more children and the irreligious have a sub-replacement level of fertility. Even if immigration of religious immigrants is halted, this will merely slow down the process of deseculatiization as the religious will continue to have more children than their irreligious counterparts. See: Atheism and fertility rates

7.  Should the atheist movement die in the 21st century or in the future, there are going to be a lot of religious fundamentalist rejoicing over the death of the atheist movement.

At a conference the scholar Eric Kaufmann said of religious demographic projections concerning the 21st century: 
Part of the reason I think demography is very important, at least if we are going to speak about the future, is that it is the most predictable of the social sciences.

...if you look at a population and its age structure now. You can tell a lot about the future. ...So by looking at the relative age structure of different populations you can already say a lot about the future...

...Religious fundamentalism is going to be on the increase in the future and not just out there in the developing world..., but in the developed world as well

The Bible says: "Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him." (Proverbs 24:17-18)

While the Bible says not to rejoice over fall of enemies and to love your enemies, other religious traditions may not. Militant atheists expect religious fundamentalists to dance on the grave of the atheist movement so should that day come, you will not be so angry. Militant atheists do have a reputation for being angry (see: atheism and anger).

The atheist activist and leftist Greta Christina told the journalist Chris Mooney on the Point of Inquiry podcast, "there isn't one emotion" that affects atheists "but anger is one of the emotions that many of us have ...[it] drives others to participate in the movement".





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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Atheism and disco don't mix or remix!

There is a complete lack of disco songs which incorporate atheism. In addition, there is a complete absence of atheist dances.

If I had to pick the biggest reason why disco never caught on in a big way within the atheist movement, I would say it was because disco never really caught on among the white, male, atheist, nerd population.

From a global perspective, Europe is more secular/atheistic  than the rest of the world although it does have a considerable amount of religious immigrants who have higher birth rates 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported about secular Europe:
Based on the latest estimates in European Union countries, overweight affects 30-70% and obesity affects 10-30% of adults. Estimates of the number of overweight infants and children in the WHO European Region rose steadily from 1990 to 2008. Over 60% of children who are overweight before puberty will be overweight in early adulthood.
Clearly, there needs to be more dancing in secular Europe!

The atheist PZ Myers declared, "If we're going to expand our base and we're going to draw in more people to recognize the virtues of living in a secular world, we need to appeal to more than just that geek and nerd subset of the population. We need to have a wider base." To my knowledge, in the mid 1970s and early 1980s, PZ Myers never attempted to assist the atheist movement to to break out of its nerd subset of the population by encouraging more atheists to engage in disco dancing. Professor Myers, leadership is by example!

Below are four disco songs.  The first video is a Christian disco song. The second video is a pop disco song.  The third video is Disco Nerds From White City. The fourth video is Star Trek Disco Dancing. In the videos below, please notice the complete absence of lyrics about atheism and atheistic figures such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, etc. Atheism and disco don't mix or remix!

Lastly, please see the section entitled below entitled The closest atheist nerds get to being funky which features the essay Atheist militaries and goose stepping









The closest atheist nerds get to being funky

See also: Atheist militaries and goose stepping





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Friday, August 19, 2016

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

Atheism is dying in terms of the percentage of people in the world who are atheists (see: Decline of global atheism ).

As noted in a previous blog post, the American sociologists Peter Berger wrote, "One can say with some confidence that modern Pentecostalism must be the fastest growing religion in human history."

Phillip Jenkins published the book The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity.

Chuck Colson, citing the work of Jenkins, writes:
 As Penn State professor Philip Jenkins writes in The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, predictions like Huntingtons betray an ignorance of the explosive growth of Christianity outside of the West. According to Jenkins, the percentage of the worlds population that is, at least by name, Christian will be roughly the same in 2050 as it was in 1900. By the middle of this century, there will be three billion Christians in the world -- one and a half times the number of Muslims. In fact, by 2050 there will be nearly as many Pentecostal Christians in the world as there are Muslims today.
 In addition, evangelical Christianity is growing rapidly in the world (see: Growth of evangelical Christianity )

Why theism is dying and will continue to die out: Social media and the rest of internet is spreading reports of miraculous 




Miracles in hospitals - Cancer healed, lame walk ect




The Healing Of Amputees 

See:  The healing of amputees

Thursday, August 18, 2016

2 pieces of BAD news for Irish atheists



Irish atheist activists, I have two pieces of very BAD news. When you are finished, you will in no mood to engage in Irish dancing.

First, I know this is a bitter pill to swallow, but most Irish citizens find atheism to be BORING and Google searches for the terms "atheism" and "atheist" are down. . See for yourself below via the Google trends links directly below:

Searches for the term atheism at Google Ireland - Google trends

Google searches for the term atheist at Google Ireland - Google trends

Second, Irish atheist activists are  going to face some tough competitors in the 21st century.

Consider information from an article on pentecostalism in Ireland:
  • In 1980 there were 10,000 evangelicals in the Republic
  • In 2000 there were 30,000 evangelicals in the Republic
  • There are about 450 evangelical churches in the Republic today
  • 60% of those churches have existed for less than 10 years
Immigration is going to cause a tougher and faster growing type of Christianity for Irish atheist activists to compete against and please read the article below on information relation to this matter:

 British atheism is crumbling. British Evangelical Christianity is on the rise!

Even the atheism loving BBC now provides ammunition to those who say that UK atheists will face an uphill battle in coming years

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

So if the economy is good and brings more immigrants to your country, you will face tougher competition. If the economy is bad, then people will tend to seek God more diligently.  Either way, it is bad news for Irish atheism!

Next, in the Western World,  irreligious people have a sub-replacement level of children while religious people - especially immigrants - have higher fertility rates. See: Atheism and fertility rates

On December 23, 2012, Professor Eric Kaufmann who teaches at Birbeck College, University of London 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.
At a conference Kaufmann saidof religious demographic projections concerning the 21st century:
Part of the reason I think demography is very important, at least if we are going to speak about the future, is that it is the most predictable of the social sciences.

...if you look at a population and its age structure now. You can tell a lot about the future. ...So by looking at the relative age structure of different populations you can already say a lot about the future...
...Religious fundamentalism is going to be on the increase in the future and not just out there in the developing world..., but in the developed world as well. 
Kaufmann wrote about Rurope:
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
With the exception of Northern Ireland which has a slight higher percentage of Protestants compared to Roman Catholics, Ireland is a majority Catholic country. It's anyone's guess that is going to happen in Ireland in terms of the current trend of nominal Catholics becoming "lapsed Catholics", non-religious, agnostics or atheists.  It all depends on: how the Catholic church reacts to addressing past or possible future scandals; other developments within Catholicism and what happens in the broader culture.

As an evangelical Christian, should Jesus tarry, I hope evangelicalism makes inroads in terms of Catholics becoming evangelical Christians. Evangelical Christians engage in more evangelism by far than Anglicans. In Latin America and various regions of the USA evangelicals have been very successful in terms of attracting many Catholics to evangelicalism. Hopefully, past feuding between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland does not hinder evangelicals attracting Catholic converts to a great degree.

In areas where Catholicism has face evangelical competition they have adapted somewhat to avoid a higher degree of losses. For example, Pew Forum reports: "According to the 2000 census, 81% of the population is Catholic and more than 7% is Protestant. A 2003 survey finds that 15% of Philippine Catholics are charismatic, while more than a third of non-Catholic Christians are pentecostal or charismatic. The survey also finds that Filipinos with higher education are overrepresented in the pentecostal and charismatic population (Kessler and Rüland 2006)."

Lastly, as time goes no, the supply of nominal Catholics may dry up so the rate of secularization in Ireland could plateau or even reverse. Of course, immigration policy and the success of evangelical Christians in attracting Catholics/irreligious is going to play a role in this matter.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Even the atheism loving BBC now provides ammunition to those who say that UK atheists will face an uphill battle in coming years

As indicated in a previous article at this blog, the news website Premier notes:
The decline in the number of people calling themselves Christians has halted, new figures suggest.
A small increase in the percentage of Brits who classify themselves as followers of Christ has been found in the British Social Attitudes Survey.

The report, which is published every year, has not been official released but the Sunday Telegraph has reported some of its findings.

The amount of Brits who say they are Christian has increase in the past year from 42 per cent to 43 per cent, it says.

Such a small change is within the margin of error in surveys but if it is to be believed it shows a decade long decline in Christianity has levelled off.
In the article A thermonuclear bomb of Christianity has hit the region formerly known as "godless Britain"
I point out how rapidly pentecostal Christianity is expanding in Britain and around the globe.

The Daily Mail reported about the BBC:
The BBC employs more atheists and non-believers than Christians, an internal ‘diversity’ survey has found.
The new research has been seized on by critics who accuse the Corporation of bias against Christianity and marginalising the faith in its output.

The survey found that just 22.5 per cent of all staff professed to be Christians
In addition, consider this information from from the BBC:
According to research published in December 2006, Pentecostals are the fastest-growing group of Christians in the UK. The research was based on an analysis of the English Church Census, carried out by the charity Christian Research and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council....
 There are just under 1 million Pentecostals in the UK, and over 20 million in the USA. (March 2006)
During the last three decades of the twentieth century Pentecostalism grew very strongly and there are now over 250 million Pentecostals around the world, who make up more than 10% of all Christians. (Some writers suggest the number is more like 500 million.)
Pentecostalism is particularly strong in the developing world where it poses a serious challenge to other, more established, denominations.
Also, in a previous post, via Google trend data,  I mention how UK public interest in  atheism is falling (see:Google trends for the UK: Interest in atheism is falling ).

If course given that UK atheists are often allies of American atheists, these developments are encouraging to American evangelical Christians. .

UK atheism has been fed by weak, milquetoast Anglicanism dying out and people becoming atheists, but those days are coming to an end hence the recent report that Christianity may have grown in the UK recently.

Concerning the future of religion/secularism in Europe, the academic 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
Atheists, welcome to the world of  "committed rump Christians".  With pentecostalism growing at an explosive rate, evangelicalism growing at a rapid clip and global atheism declining in its percentage of the world population, things are definitely not looking good for atheist activists around the globe. 



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

In 2011, Rabbi Schmuley Boteach published an article in the Jerusalem Post entitled Godlessness has doomed Britain.

However, in the article  entitled A 3,000 pound Western atheism car is no match for a 1,000,000 pound global desecularization freight train I wrote:
Western academics are often uncomfortable talking about desecularization and religions which stress the supernatural. Yet, the American sociologist Peter Berger (who is a Lutheran)  recently indicated, "One can say with some confidence that modern Pentecostalism must be the fastest growing religion in human history."  Berger also said that he previously thought that Pentecostalism did not have a significant future in Europe, but he now sees signs that it might see significant growth in Europe (see: Pentecostalism Invades Lambeth Palace).
Pentecostalism often grows fast in areas undergoing economic distress. Post 2007 there are concerns that Western economies which have high sovereign debt loads could see some significant economic turmoil in coming years - especially the European countries with aging populations that have been struggling in terms of economic growth.

On March 29, 2016, the Religion News Service reported:
In the past six years, 168 Church of England churches have closed, along with 500 Methodist and 100 Roman Catholic churches.

“Christianity in Britain has seen a relentless decline for over 100 years,” says Linda Woodhead, a sociologist at Lancaster University.

Visitors to Britain are often shocked when they see the state of some of this nation’s once-proud church buildings.

But for every Anglican church that has closed over the past six years, more than three Pentecostal or charismatic churches have taken their place, according to an analysis by The Times of London.

These Pentecostal and charismatic churches are drawing young, black, Asian and mixed-race people.

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest-growing movements in world Christendom, with an estimated 500 million followers.

“A century ago the face of European Christianity could have been labeled as white, but now it is increasingly becoming multicolored,” said Israel Olofinjana, a Nigerian-born minister in London told the Times.

While aging Church of England congregations decline, charismatic churches thrive.
At a conference the academic Eric Kaufmann said of religious demographic projections concerning the 21st century:
 Part of the reason I think demography is very important, at least if we are going to speak about the future, is that it is the most predictable of the social sciences.

...if you look at a population and its age structure now. You can tell a lot about the future. ...So by looking at the relative age structure of different populations you can already say a lot about the future...

...Religious fundamentalism is going to be on the increase in the future and not just out there in the developing world..., but in the developed world as well.

British pentecostals will have more children per household then their irreligious counterparts (see: Atheism and fertility rates).

"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire." - Hebrews 12:12: 28-29 (NASB)

"Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed." - Isaiah 20:14 (NASB)

"For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE." - 1 Corinthians 1:19 (NASB)

"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" - Acts 2: 1-4

Below is a video of hydrogen bomb Tsar bomba which was the most powerful nuclear bomb ever exploded. I assure you that God can do far more destruction to global atheism. Atheists surrender now and make things easy on yourselves.

A 3,000 pound Western atheism car is no match for a 1,000,000 pound global desecularization freight train


The current atheist population  mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites

Desecularization is the process by which religion reasserts its societal influence though religious values, institutions, sectors of society and symbols in reaction to previous and/or co-occurring secularization processes. And although atheists and agnostics are loathe to admit it, desecularization can occur at the hand of God as well.

The European website Modern Diplomacy declares that the prominent European philosopher Jürgen Habermas seems to detect a “post-secular” age on the European horizon.

Specifically, Modern Diplomacy states:
But there are signs that the anti-religion virulence is in abeyance in Europe and one who detects those signs is none other than the present day European philosopher Jurgen Habermas. He seems to detect what he calls a “post-secular” age on the European horizon. This has all the self-proclaimed secular humanists, who generally disdain religion and advocate its liquidation, a bit worried lately. Their strident vitriolic statements against religion have been on the increase lately. For they have always fantasized of being at the very cutting edge of what it means to be modern and “enlightened” and now feel such a position challenged not only by theologians and religious leaders but by a philosopher to boot...

Habermas is very much involved in the debate on the EU identity and has even signed manifestos on the same with Umberto Eco, the late Derrida and other influential philosophers. In 2005 Habermas delivered a lecture on the occasion of the Holberg prize which then became an article in 2006. See “Religion in the public sphere” by J. Habermas, in European Journal of Philosophy 14: 1-25. The core of that essay is that “secular citizens in Europe must learn to live, the sooner the better, in a post-secular society and in so doing they will be following the example of religious citizens, who have already come to terms with the ethical expectations of democratic citizenship. So far secular citizens have not been expected to make a similar effort.
On December 23, 2012,  the agnostic and academic Eric Kaufmann, who is author of the book Shall the religious inherit the earth 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.
Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia, "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."  See: 3 BAD trends for militant atheists 

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."
Western academics are often uncomfortable talking about desecularization and religions which stress the supernatural. Yet, the American sociologist Peter Berger (who is a Lutheran)  recently indicated, "One can say with some confidence that modern Pentecostalism must be the fastest growing religion in human history."  Berger also said that he previously thought that Pentecostalism did not have a significant future in Europe, but he now sees signs that it might see significant growth in Europe (see: Pentecostalism Invades Lambeth Palace).

Pentecostalism often grows fast in areas undergoing economic distress. Post 2007 there are concerns that Western economies which have high sovereign debt loads could see some significant economic turmoil in coming years - especially the European countries with aging populations that have been struggling in terms of economic growth.

In short, global atheism dominoes are falling and the falling of Western atheism will follow.

New Atheism was a rhetorically militant type of atheism which occurred at the turn of this century and lasted about 7 years or so.  It was largely a reaction to the global resurgence of religion.

Militant atheists, I hope you enjoyed your New Atheism while it lasted. The 20th century where atheism was influential in some areas of the world to varying degrees was just a blip on the history of mankind. The era of 21st century desecularization is about to hit militant atheist like a freight train (See: Growth of desecularization)

Since I know that some atheists are stubborn - particularly militant atheists - I have a few videos below to help illustrate the dominoes of global atheism falling and 21st century desecularization slamming into militant atheism like a freight train.  By the way, as a reminder, a 3,000 pound Western atheism car is no match for a 1,000,000 pound global desecularization freight train.

500,000 dominoes falling 




Videos of freight trains hitting vehicles and a video of a car/train stunt










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."