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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