Monday, May 22, 2017

Atheists are boring snoozefests. Incontrovertible proof!

John Updike wrote:
Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic un-interestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity...of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?".

The British columnist Giles Coren wrote in The Times:
But it’s not the nihilism, the soullessness, the lack of poetry, the moral and physical ugliness, the shallow iconoclasm or the vainglory of atheists that bother me most. It’s the boringness. 

Andrew Brown wrote in The Guardian in an article entitled You can't dance to atheism:
...a religion is a philosophy that makes you dance. It pleased me because the book itself can be read as a history of how philosophy grew from dance... There aren't any overwhelming and inspiring collective atheist rituals...

If I'm right, then liberal, individualistic atheism is impossible as an organising principle of society because any doctrine that actually works to hold society together is indistinguishable from a religion. It needs its rituals.

Atheist Jerry Coyne said about the atheist meetings which he attended:
 But to me the speakers and talks have often seemed repetitive: the same crew of jet-set skeptics giving the same talks.

 ...a few things bothered me, most notably the air of self-congratulation (which I excused on the grounds of enthusiastic people finding like-minded folks for the first time), the “fanboyness” directed at some of the famous atheists (they hardly let poor Richard alone, and I’m not sure he liked that!), and the lameness of quite a few of the talks. Again, how much new can you say about atheism?

Google World: Google trends for the term atheist: May 22, 2017:  Interest level at 55 in below chart. Interest level continues to fall. 

Google USA: Google trends for the term atheist: May 22, 2017:  Interest level at 45 in below chart. Interest level continues to fall.

Google World: Google trends for atheism and agnosticism related terms: May 22, 2017

Google USA: Google trends for atheism and agnosticism related terms: May 22, 2017

Why are atheists so boring?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Evidence for Christianity vs. evidence for atheism

Christian apologetics is a discipline which focuses on the defense of the Christianity through the use of evidence and logical arguments. 

General Christian apologetics websites

Historical and legal apologetics

Historical apologetics:

Bible archaeology

Bible archaeology and dating:

Christian worldview/Christian philosophy

Web articles and videos on atheism:

Creation science ministries and other resources

Analysis of Bible prophecy from Christian scholars/apologists

Presuppositional apologetics websites]

Biblical inerrancy resources

Evidence for atheism

Evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ

More bad news for British, militant atheists: Anglicanism, Evangelical Christianity,charismatic/pentecostal Christianity and Islam are growing in the UK. Non-religious portion of the UK sees a decline

According to a 2016 BBC documentary, pentecostal Christianity is the fastest growing form of Christianity in the UK. In 2016, there were 500,000 pentecostal Christians in the UK according to the documentary.

In 2010, the American sociologist Peter L. Berger said of pentecostalism :  "One can say with some confidence that modern Pentecostalism must be the fastest growing religion in human history."

In 2016, Christianity Today declared:
Christianity in Britain is seeing a "seismic shift" as more aging churches are closing down and giving way to new and vibrant Pentecostal and charismatic churches that are drawing more and more people of various ages and races.
Assessing the state of Christianity in Britain, a recent Religion News Service report pointed out that in the past six years, 168 Church of England churches have closed, along with 500 Methodist and 100 Roman Catholic churches. 
But even as aging Church of England congregations decline, charismatic churches are sprouting and welcoming new members into their fold.
According to an analysis by The Times of London, for every Anglican church that has closed over the past six years, more than three Pentecostal or charismatic churches have taken their place. 
Unlike the old churches, the Pentecostal and charismatic churches are drawing people of all ages and races, including black, Asian and mixed-race people.
In fact the Pentecostal church is considered as one of the fastest growing Christian churches in the world, with an estimated 500 million followers, the report said. 
The Pentecostal church is reportedly bringing renewed hope to many people in Britain as attested by its growing membership. 
"I am optimistic that we will see this nation come back to God," said Pastor Agu Irukwu of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The Pentecostal group, founded in Nigeria, now has 600 congregations across England. 
"A century ago the face of European Christianity could have been labeled as white, but now it is increasingly becoming multicoloured," Israel Olofinjana, a Nigerian-born minister in London, told the Times.
In 2014, First Things published an article on the growing movement of charismatic Christianity/pentocostalism in the Church of England.

Conatus News reported today:
Church of England worshippers increase 0.8 per cent since 2009. The number of non-religious people falls from 50.65% to 48.6% 
Rise in Church of England worshippers likely due to resurgence in patriotism and pride in Christianity, a report has found 
According to a new report, for every person brought up in a non-religious household who becomes a churchgoer, 26 people raised as Christians now identify as non-believers. 
The study, which is based on an analysis of the British Social Attitudes Survey and the European Social Survey, reported that the proportion of non-religious in the UK hit a high of 50.6 per cent in 2009. However, it has been decreasing ever since and hit 48.6 per cent in 2015. 
However, the proportion of those who identify as Church of England worshippers has seen a slight increased from 16.3 per cent in 2009 to 17.1 per cent in 2015.
A 2012 report shows that evangelicalism is rising in the UK (see: UK: The rise of evangelicalism is shaking up the established church ).

In April of 2011, Thomas Seymat reports in an article entitled Immigrants strengthen Christianity in the UK that half of the new immigrants to the UK that 50% of recent immigrants to the UK are Christian.

Thomas Seymat declares:
...African Pentecostals are the fastest-growing denominations. “In Lewisham, there are 65 Pentecostal churches serving the Nigerian community, and others serving the Congolese, Ghanian and Ivorian communities,” says the report. It adds, “perhaps the most significant change has been the growth of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity within migrant populations, particularly those from Africa and Latin America.”

This trend of increasing Christian migrants has not gone unnoticed by religious observers. Dr Joe Aldred, secretary of the Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs section of the Churches Together in England (CTE) tweeted on @joealdred : “At national Church Planting Consultation. Didn’t know so much going on planting new churches. Christianity making a come back in Britain?”
In the past, the new atheist Richard Dawkins referred to Bible believing/evangelical Christianity as a type of "muscular Christianity".  Given its growth in the UK, this type of Christianity appears to be kicking quite a bit of proverbial sand in the faces of UK militant atheists at the beach. And globally, atheism is losing its market share in terms its percentage of the world population.

Militant atheists, you have no proof and evidence that atheism is valid. And there is plenty of evidence that Christianity is true (see: See: Evidence for Christianity vs. evidence for atheism)  Militant atheists, isn't it time you abandoned your scrawny and dying atheism?

In addition, as can by one of the videos below, Islam is growing fast in the UK.

The British journalist and author Peter Hitchens (the Christian brother of the late Christopher Hitchens who was a prominent atheist) said that the new atheist Richard Dawkins has no real influence on British Muslims and that they could care less about what he says.

Specifically, Peter Hitchens said in February of 2017:
I don't think the Muslim are particularly worried about Richard Dawkins... They don't care what he says. They are not impressed. Their beliefs are unaffected by this sort of thing. 
Related article

UK hits peak secular. Northern Europe and France previously hit peak secular

Life and Death the Pentecostal Way Full BBC Documentary 2016

Muslims Are Growing In The UK Rapidly, Published on Nov 5, 2016

Muslims in the UK

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

UK hits peak secular. Northern Europe and France previously hit peak secular

The Guardian just published an article  entitled Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’?
But, Bullivant told the Observer that the “growth of no religion may have stalled”. After consistent decline, in the past few years the proportion of nones appears to have stabilised. “Younger people tend to be more non-religious, so you’d expect it to keep going – but it hasn’t. The steady growth of non-Christian religions is a contributing factor, but I wonder if everyone who is going to give up their Anglican affiliation has done so by now? We’ve seen a vast shedding of nominal Christianity, and perhaps it’s now down to its hardcore.”
In the USA, the vast majority of "Nones" who are not part of organized religion believe in the existence of God, but I am sure of the situation in the UK.

In April 2010, the academic Eric Kaufmann, who is an agnostic, declared "the rate of secularisation has flattened to zero in most of Protestant Europe and France."

Concerning the future of religion/secularism in Europe, Eric Kaufmann wrote in 2011:
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.

 In 2013, the BBC reported:
A Christian evangelical movement where followers avoid contraception and have as many children as they can is spreading to the UK. They are The Quiverfull, writes Cat McShane.
First, the spread of creationism in Europe on the back of religious immigrants upset new atheist Richard Dawkins. Then British right-wingers managed to get Brexit passed and Dawkins is very upset about this matter also.  And now secularism hits a wall in the UK.

The prospects for British atheism and British secular leftism are poor in 21st century.

A large part of Europe hit peak secular. And there is a resurgence of Orthodox Christianity in central and Eastern Europe.  These two developments combined with Asian atheism seeing a rapid decline and global atheism shrinking in its percentage of adherents effectively means atheism is doomed.

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Why a growing number of Chinese students at U.S. universities are coming home with Christian beliefs.

Please read the articles:

On Campuses Far From China, Still Under Beijing’s Watchful Eye, New York Times, 2017

Leave China, Study in America, Find Jesus, Foreign PolicyForeign Policy, February 11, 2016 


The Guardian has an interesting story about a 17 year old Christian student:

Joshua Wong, the student who risked the wrath of Beijing: ‘It’s about turning the impossible into the possible’, The Guardian, 2017

For a more in depth and scholarly article about the history of Chinese students becoming Christians in America, please read: Religious Conversion to Christianity Among Students from the People’s Republic of China: A Comparative Study

Secular leftists in America, you failed! Universities and colleges are helping to create one of the biggest waves of Christianity in history (see: Cracks in the atheist edificeThe Economist, November 1, 2014)

While you are spending your time preventing Anne Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking at University of California, Berkeley, Christian missionaries on college campuses are causing one of biggest declines in global atheism in history. Secular leftists, when are you going to learn? You can't fight the Almighty and win! 

A January 2011 news article entitled Third Church' China's New Face of Christianity indicated:

Christianity in China began decades ago in the countryside, but today, a dramatic shift is happening. 
Young professionals in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai are changing the face of Chinese Christianity, as faith moves from rural to more urban areas.
On a recent Wednesday evening, a group of men and women in their late 20s met in an apartment not too far from the city center to discuss how to thrive in their rapidly changing nation. 
Those who attended are members of China's new privileged class -- highly educated, cosmopolitan, middle or even upper class of urban professionals. And they're all Christians. 
"We've never had it so good in China today," Jia Li Tian, a member of the group, told CBN News. "But there's more to life that just money and materialism."... 
Although Christianity continues to grow in China's countryside, experts say it's in big cities like Beijing where the church is growing fastest. 
"Whereas the rural church was not able to have an impact on society as a whole, the 'Third Church' in the cities is able to do that because they are comprised of leaders who can have an impact," Peter explained. "[They are] businessmen, government officials, professors, leaders in engineering, every aspect of life... 
The Chinese government has always maintained a tight grip on religion. Torture, arrests, imprisonment, and beatings of Christians are still practiced in the country. 
But in recent years, authorities have made positive overtures towards house church leaders -- especially those in urban areas

Admittedly, a large percentage of students who study in America and convert to Christianity backslide and leave Christianity, nevertheless the ones who remain Christians - particularly evangelical Christians - are causing an explosion of Christianity in China (For details see articles below). 

Chinese Converted out West Are Losing Faith Back Home , Foreign Policy, 2017

In China, Unregistered Churches Are Driving a Religious Revolution , The Atlantic, 2017. 

China’s Apparent Lack of Moral Compass Fuels Growth of Christian Churches, Gospel Herald News, 2017

International Students Inc. - 2016 Training for International Outreach

International Friendships Student Welcome by Rich Mendola

Christians in China

New atheist Kyle Kulinksi's proposed truce between New Atheists Vs. Progressives failed

In October of 2015, the new atheist Kyle Kulinkski proposed a ceasefire between new atheists and progressives. As you can below, his proposed truce between New Atheists Vs Progressives failed. Kylinski's hero Richard Richard Dawkins was ground into a fine pulp by progressives.

In a video, which is featured below, Richard Dawkins says his recent stroke was caused by a controversy caused by feminists. On the other hand, Christians prayed for Dawkins after his stroke (see video below).

If only Richard Dawkins was made of tougher stuff, like Christian martyrs and the evangelical Christian Chuck Norris. He wouldn't have let feminists cause him such a high degree of emotional distress.  See also:   Does Richard Dawkins have machismo?

2015 Alexa ranking of Richard Dawkins' website

In 2015, Richard Dawkins' website fell in terms of its Alexa ranking.

In 2016, Richard Dawkins' website lost a considerable amount of global market share according to the web traffic tracking company Alexa.

2016 Alexa ranking of Richard Dawkins' website

In the latter half of 2016, Richard Dawkins' website saw a significant decline in its Alexa ranking.

In 2016 and the in the beginning portion of 2017, the global internet market share of of Richard Dawkins' website has been falling according to the web traffic tracking company Alexa.

2017 Alexa ranking of Richard Dawkins' website

In March of 2017, according to Alexa, Richard Dawkins' website was experiencing a steep decline in terms of its global market share.

In April of 2017, according to Alexa, Richard Dawkins' website continued to experience a steep decline in terms of its global market share.

New Atheists Vs Progressives | Proposing A Ceasefire

Richard Dawkins suggests Feminists May Have Caused His Stroke

Prayers for Atheist Richard Dawkins After His Stroke Sparked Outrage.

New Atheism...old news on internet Atheism's fast decline

Conservatism is the NEW Counter Culture - not secular leftism

Please read the article: The Next Generation of Americans (Gen Z) May Be the Most Conservative Since WWII

Conservatism is the NEW Counter Culture

Millennials Are Lost, But Generation Z Is Ours

Secular left

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Evangelical Christianity and Islam are growing quickly in secular France

In 2017, Evangelical Focus indicated,  "Three new evangelical churches open in France every month The number of worship places has increased tenfold in 60 years. There are 650,000 evangelical Christians in France, a new study shows."

In 2015, according to demographic estimates, at least 29% of the France's population identifies as atheists and 63% identifies as non-religious. However, in 2010, the academic Eric Kaufmann, who is an agnostic, declared "the rate of secularisation has flattened to zero in most of Protestant Europe and France."

Salon reported in the their 2012 article Best 8 Countries to be an atheist
 France. Even though France still has a heavy layer of Catholic tradition to its culture that puts the names of saints on street signs and venerates churches as some of its most important landmarks, secularism has become a strong national value in France. As with the United States, erecting a separation between church and state was a central value to the revolution that created the modern democratic state in France. In 1905, France passed a strong law mandating a strict separation of church and state, and since then, secularism has been a strong central French value. Almost too strong, in fact, as French politicians have been too successful in appealing to these secular values in order to pass oppressive laws banning the use of face veils in public. Outside of this exploitation of secularism in service of Islamophobia, by and large the French commitment to secular values seems sincere. Only 25% of French citizens consider religion an important part of their daily life, and the government has laws to prevent proselytizing in schools.
France's evangelicals have grown from 50,000 to 400,000 in the past fifty years. What is God doing in France? What are the lessons learned that can be shared with the rest of the body of Christ?

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.

Muslims make up about 5-7% of the population of France, A Pew Forum study, published in January 2011, estimated 4.7 million Muslims in France in 2010. 

The Gatestone Institute reported in 2017: "France's Muslim population could quickly grow to close to 15-17 million, but no one can know precisely unless the law prohibiting the official collection of ethnic data is changed."

Is France one of the "Best 8 countries to be an atheist"? If so, it certainly does not appear that it will remain so. 

Lessons Learned from Evangelical Growth in France

Is Evangelical Christianity forever dead in France? No. Listen why.

Islam in France

Compelling data: Secular left will decline in the United States

Below is a graphic of the demographic make up of the United States broken down by generation:

source of graphic above: US Population by Age and Generation

Survey data: The Next Generation of Americans (Gen Z) May Be the Most Conservative Since WWII

Please read this eye-opening article: The Next Generation of Americans (Gen Z) May Be the Most Conservative Since WWII, CNS News, March  16, 2017

Religious/political demography expert Eric Kaufmann wrote about the United States

In addition, in the 2011, the religious/political demography expert Eric Kaufmann wrote about the United States:
High evangelical fertility rates more than compensated for losses to liberal Protestant sects during the twentieth century. In recent decades, white secularism has surged, but Latino and Asian religious immigration has taken up the slack, keeping secularism at bay. Across denominations, the fertility advantage of religious fundamentalists of all colours is significant and growing. After 2020, their demographic weight will begin to tip the balance in the culture wars towards the conservative side, ramping up pressure on hot-button issues such as abortion. By the end of the century, three quarters of America may be pro-life. Their activism will leap over the borders of the 'Redeemer Nation' to evangelize the world. Already, the rise of the World Congress of Families has launched a global religious right, its arms stretching across the bloody lines of the War on Terror to embrace the entire Abrahamic family.

Growth of Hispanic evangelicals 

Consider this excerpt about the new dominance of Spanish television in the USA:
Univision? More like Uno-vision.

 This summer, there's a new No. 1 among television viewers aged 18 to 49: For the fourth week in a row, the Spanish-language network Univision has won the primetime ratings contest for this coveted demographic, as well as the 18 to 34 cohort. It's Univision's first top finish in a sweeps month; the network previously beat NBC to come in fourth in the critical February sweeps period...

Indeed, at a time when ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are mostly airing repeats -- though "the Big Four have increased their original output this summer," notes Variety's Rick Kissell -- Univision's all-new lineup is a more attractive proposition for many viewers.

Evangelicals and proselytizing 

Evangelicalism has traditionally held to the authority of the Bible and thus biblical creationism as well.   

Given the historic immigration from Latin America to the U.S, consider this report about evangelicals, proselytizing and Latin America: 
Evangelicals, including Pentecostals, neo-Pentecostals, and other non-mainline Protestant denominations, such as Baptists, are the fastest growing world religion by conversion. Evangelicals hold shared convictions such as the inerrancy of the Bible, proselytizing the Gospel, the divinity of Christ and personal salvation through Him. In 1960, Evangelicals numbered 89 million (2.9% of world population).  By 2010 they were 546 million (7.9%) with an annual growth rate at 2.6%.  In Latin America the growth of evangelicals has been dramatic since the early 20th century.  In 1900 evangelicals numbered about 700,000 or 1% of the population. By 2010, they reached 91 million or 16.8% of the population. Latin American countries with the highest concentration of evangelicals are Brazil, Chile, and Guatemala. Evangelicals account for about 20% or more of the population in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Of all evangelical subgroups, Pentecostals are the largest component with over 66 million adherents of which Brazil has the largest concentration.

Hispanic evangelicalism past and projected growth in America 

Time Magazine reported in May of 2013:
According to Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life while “more than two-thirds of the 52 million-plus Latinos in the U.S. are Catholic, that number could be cut in half by 2030.” NHCLC also establishes that 35 percent of Hispanics in America now call themselves “born-again.”
Fox News reported in May 2013 concerning Hispanic evangelicalism in the United States:  
Alfredo De Jesus is a fire-and-brimstone preacher who represents a global groundswell of Hispanics who've left the Catholic Church to become Protestant Evangelical Christians.

De Jesus pastors the New Life Church in Chicago, helping to expand it from 120 members in 2000 to over 17,000 today on multiple campuses.

"In the Evangelical church, we find freedom to worship, and with Hispanics, it's in us to be able to love people. Naturally, we just love people. We are hugging people," De Jesus said.

Latinos make up the largest ethnic minority in the United States — 52 million, according to latest Census stats. The majority — two-thirds — are still traditionally Roman Catholic. But there's been a palpable shift from one generation to the next, with the newer ones being "born again."

Evangelicals now number about 20 percent of the Latino population, according to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

10 reasons atheism will decline in the United States

Please read the article: 10 reasons why American atheism will see a significant decline

Growth of religion and growth of religious fundamentalism  in the 21st century 

Think religion is in decline? Look at who is 'going forth and multiplying',  Vancouver Sun, 2014