Friday, June 30, 2017

The atheist movement is disintegrating

The atheist David Smalley said about the atheist movement: "We're eating our own... We’re disintegrating." See also: Atheism and cannibalism

Is history repeating itself? 2 Chronicles 20: 22-23. Keep the Christian choirs singing!

The Elevatorgate controversy which involved Richard Dawkins and the atheist feminist Rebecca Watson generated bad press and public relations problems for Dawkins. See: Richard Dawkins's loss of influence

Quote from the movie The Wizard of New Atheism: "Look what you've done, Rebecca!! I'm melting, melting. Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world. Who would have thought that a woman like you could destroy my beautiful, godless wickedness. OHHHHHHH!!! NO!!! I'm going... ohhhhhhh... ohhhhhhhhhhhhh....".

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Teary-eyed militant atheist publicly breaks down and says "He broke me". Militant atheists are such spineless bowls of jelly. The atheist movement is a lost cause

Comedian Kathy Griffin identifies herself as a "complete militant atheist". 

She has had a lot of public backlash after she held a mock severed head on Donald Trump. 

At a news conference, she said of Trump in a teary-eyed manner:  "He broke me".  

If she is representative of militant atheists, the ideological foot soldiers of atheism have backbones of jelly!  

YouTube atheist Thunderfoot said about the atheist movement after the Reason Rally 2016 had a very low turnout
I'm not sure there is anything in this movement worth saving. Hitchens is dead. Dawkins simply doesn't have the energy for this sort of thing anymore. Harris went his own way. And Dennett just kind of blended into the background. So what do you think when the largest gathering of the nonreligious in history pulls in... I don't know. Maybe 2,000 people. Is there anything worth saving?
In 2015, the atheist author Joshua Kelly wrote:
...since the death of Hitchens: angry atheism lost its most charismatic champion. Call it what you like: New Atheism, fire-brand atheism, etc., had a surge with the Four Horsemen in the middle of the last decade and in the last four years has generally peetered out to a kind that is more docile, politically correct, and even apologetic.
The Vancouver Sun reported in 2014:
In a challenge to the secularizing proposition, Eric Kaufmann, a noted London-based demographer, projects that religious people, especially conservatives, will win the race against the non-religious in the 21st century.. 
The main reason Islam, Catholicism and conservative Protestantism is expanding is not necessarily because they’re converting newcomers, Kaufman argues, but because their religions tend to be “pro-natal” and they have more children. 
“What no one has noticed is that far from declining, the religious are expanding their share of the population: in fact, the more religious people are, the more children they have,” Kaufmann says in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (Profile Books). 
“The cumulative effect of immigration from religious countries, and religious fertility will be to reverse the secularization process in the West. Not only will the religious eventually triumph over the non-religious, but it is those who are the most extreme in their beliefs who have the largest families.” 
Even while some critics have suggested Kaufmann’s projections are too adventurous and that he ignores the existential benefits of being part of a religious community or having a transcendent world view, his long-range demographic study is powerful.
He particularly punctures one liberal, secular platitude. Kaufmann’s data shows that conservative religious people do not necessarily have fewer children as they become more educated and urban. 
“The World Values Survey results reveal that a woman’s religiosity is almost as important as her education in predicting how many children she has,” he says. “In some countries it is more important. Young, well-educated urban women who are religious have significantly higher birthrates than young, well-educated urban women who are not religious.” 
Kaufmann also emphasizes the coupling of conservative religiosity and fertility is rapidly becoming a First World issue.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote: "...the 17th century was the beginning of an age of secularization which has lasted four centuries until now; the 21st century is exactly the opposite, it's the beginning of an age of desecularization. Religion is seizing power; they're not yielding power." See: Desecularization and politics

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Modern atheism: It came in with a bang in many areas and now it is going out with a whimper

Who is being very quiet relating to an issue concerning atheism? Keep reading and find out!

In my article A key ally of atheists is much weaker and goes AWOL. Google news and other data reveal another train wreck for the atheist movement, I point out that people around the world trust the mainstream news organizations less and less. I also pointed out that mainstream media has a pro-atheism bias.

In the 20th century, atheism expanded with a bang. According to the University of Cambridge, historically, the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."

Lately, I have put in the word "atheism" into Google News and the pace of the stories on atheism is like molasses.  It is the slowest moving in terms of news stories that I have ever seen. 

I predicted that news related to Donald Trump would help to crowd out news stories on atheism. I also predicted that secular leftists would do less atheist activism and shift to activities related to opposing Donald Trump. Furthermore, I pointed out that many secular leftists have been in a state of shock and demoralization related to the Trump presidency. In addition, I pointed to British/American polling indicating that the growth of atheism appears to have currently peaked. And of course, i pointed out that not only is the percentage of atheists shrinking in the world, but scholarly data indicates the that actually number of atheists in the world may now be shrinking. 

And remember when I said that 2017 is going to be a TERRIBLE year for atheism. How right was I?

Consider this data from Google trends :

Google searches for the word "atheist" at Google USA

Google searches for the word "atheist" worldwide

Atheism is going out with a whimper

But is the media widely reporting on the issue of the decline of atheism? No, it is not. It is largely very quiet on this issue. As I mentioned above, Google News is providing news articles on atheism at a very slow pace.

Modern atheism came into a bang in communist  areas of the world, but now atheism as a whole is going out with a whimper. Please read the article: Global atheism statistics

Death by a thousand cuts. That is how atheism is dying in the world.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Atheism died in the West in the 20th century. Agnostics have waning influence in the world

Death of atheism in the Western world in the 20th century

A discussion string was posted at a popular atheist/agnostic website entitled Being true, earnest and logically coherent with our atheism.  The post began thusly: "I am going to charge atheists - virtually all of us here - with a serious accusation. There's a bug infecting their system known as the agnostic view."
Atheism, as defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and other philosophy reference works, is the denial of the existence of God.
Paul Edwards, who was a prominent atheist and editor of the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, defined an atheist as "a person who maintains that there is no God.

Agnosticism is, in weaker forms, an affirmation of ignorance regarding the existence of a God or gods, and in stronger forms, the assertion that the existence of a deity or deities is unknowable.
Beginning in the latter portion of the 20th century and continuing beyond, many agnostics/atheists have argued that the definition of atheism should be defined as a mere lack of belief in God or gods. This diluted definition of atheism began to gather steam due a 1976 book by Anthony Flew who was influential atheist among atheists at the time. Flew later became a theist. 
For all intents and purposes, atheism died in the West in the 20th century. Atheism in the Western World was replaced by agnosticism. 

Agnosticism has waning influence in the world 

Pew Research indicated in their report The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 that agnostics and atheists “will make up a declining share of the world’s total population.” In other words, the percentage of people who are agnostics in the world is going down. 

Data compiled by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) indicates the actual number of atheists began decreasing in the world around 2017 (see: Global atheism statistics ).  

According to CSGC, when will the actual number of agnostics in the world experience decreasing numbers? According to CSGC, in 2025 there will be 707,857,000 agnostics in the world. By 2050, there will be 698,244,000 agnostics in the world (see: Projection of religion/irreligion in the world). 

Europe: Irreligion vs. religion in the 21st century

Eric Kaufmann is a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London and author. His academic research specialty is how demographic changes affect religion/irreligion and politics. He was a Fellow in the Religion in International Affairs Program, Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2008-9. In 2008, he won the Richard Rose Prize of the Political Studies Association for a scholar under 40 years old.

Concerning the future of religion/secularism in Europe, professor 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.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Why 2017 will be a terrible year for American atheists

Why is 2017 going to be a terrible year for American atheists?

In June of 2016, American Interest indicated:
First of all, religious belief is still very powerful and widespread, and there is nothing inevitable about its decline. In fact, the proportion of people who say they believe in God actually ticked modestly upward, from 86 percent to 89 percent, since Gallup last asked the question in 2014.
The United States is often said to have a "special relationship" with Britain and until the big decline of the New Atheist movement Richard Dawkins was often covered by the American press.  But now that movement is largely dead.

What is happening in Britain?

The Guardian published an article in 2017 entitled Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’? which declared:
 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.
The later Gordon Stein was an American atheist activist in the latter part of the 20th century. According the British newspaper The Independent Stein's main activity was the "acquisition and production of books on free-thought and the paranormal."

Gordon Stein wrote:
Atheism has long ceased to be a rare and oft-ignored philosophical outlook...It has transformed itself into an active political programme with clear objectives which, though they vary from state to state, unequivocally include the elimination of state religion, religious education, and the enshrinement of scientism.
Historically, atheists have screwed towards the left side of the political aisle.  The University of Cambridge's website Investigating Atheism said that the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."

According to the Pew Forum, in the United States: "About two-thirds of atheists (69%) identify as Democrats (or lean in that direction), and a majority (56%) call themselves political liberals (compared with just one-in-ten who say they are conservatives).

Was the morale of secular leftists rattled after Donald Trump's election? Judging from all the tears and exclamations of being very depressed after Trump's election I would have to say yes to this question. 

Also, consider these articles which collectively indicate: the secular left is very emotional; secular leftists are more prone to mental illness and the secular left has not reacted very well to Donald Trump's election and presidency:

Secular leftists and mental illness

The id atheists

More Evidence that Postmodern Thinking is Id-Based

And not only is the moral of American atheists low, but no doubt many of them will shift their activities from atheist activism to leftist politics.

Betty Devios, who is the Secretary of Eeducation, is pushing for school choice via vouchers prograns which very well may provide federal government funding of private religious schools in order to expand school choice options in America (see: Trump's first education budget: Deep public school cuts in pursuit of school choice ).  A budget of 1 billion dollars is planned for school voucher programs according to US News & World Report. Many public schools are failing in the United States and this has been happening for a long time despite the fact that America spends more for education per capita on average compared to the rest of the world ( See also: U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows ).

The columnist Dennis Prager stated that "From elementary school through graduate school, only one way of looking at the world – the secular – is presented. The typical individual in the Western world receives as secular an indoctrination as the typical European received a religious one in the Middle Ages."

Atheists activists loathe Betty Devos who is an evangelical Christian. 

Below is the the Google trend data for the search "atheist" for Google USA and as you can see the graph has been going in a straight downward trajectory that last 5 years and the last 10 years or so:

Google searches for the term "atheist" for the last 5 years at Google USA: 

Google searches for the term "atheist" since 2014 at Google USA: 

Finale Note

So how have leftists been behaving lately? 

On May 31, PJ Media published the article Leftists want their enemies dead

The beating down of  leftism will continue until secular leftist morale improves.

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