Monday, July 31, 2017

Comrades, atheism cut 50% in Russia in three years!

The website Church Militant reports:

A recent poll is showing the number of atheists in Russia has dropped by half in the last three years.  
According to the Levada Center, a Russian-based, independent, non-governmental research organization, those who consider themselves "absolutely irreligious" fell from 26 percent in 2014 to just 13 percent in 2017. As many as 44 percent described themselves as "quite religious," 33 percent as "not too religious" and 9 percent as "very religious." 
The survey was conducted in urban and rural populations within the respondent's home by a personal interview method. In June, a total of 1,600 people aged 18 and over were interviewed in 137 communities in 48 regions.

Militant atheists caused a massive and explosive growth of Christianity

Did militant atheists help cause a massive and explosive growth of Christianity in the world?

Yes, militant atheists did this.


Read these fascinating articles:

Tiananmen, a "watershed" for China's conversion to Christianity, Asia News

China: How the Tiananmen Square Massacre Grew the Chinese Church , Gospel Herald

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Why the HMS Atheism is less seaworthy than the Titanic

Atheism has existed since biblical times. The Bible says, "The fool in his heart says there is no God".
However, issues such as the untenableness of an eternal universe (see: Atheism and the origin of the universe), a fine-tuned universe, the implausibility of abiogenesis are helping atheists to be seen as cranks by many thoughtful people. In addition, discontent among evoltuionists with Neo-Darwinism is growing with no plausible alternative being offered (see: Theory of evolution and little consensus and Recent clamour to revise the modern evolutionary synthesis). In addition, you have Global creationism growing rapidly due to the rapid growth of evangelical Christianity and Islam (see: Growth of evangelical Christianity).
Furthermore, you have the issue of atheism/agnosticism facing an acceleration of 21st century desecularization due to fertility/demographic issues; religious immigration to Europe of people resistant to assimilation; the growth of fundamentalism in Europe and many countries and the rapid Christianization of China. In addition, European nations are hitting "peak secular" (Northern Europe and recently the UK) and even atheists are beginning to realize the failure of the secularization thesis. After peak secular will come growing religious populations in Western countries. As far as America, peak secular will hit in the 21st century due to a rising hispanic population and the effects of globalization. When Americans see atheism/agnosticism imploding in Europe and Asia that probably will have an effect on public opinion.
All of these factors is having an effect of the morale of the atheist population plus you have in-fighting among Western atheism which is further degrading morale (see: Atheist pessimism about the atheist movement).
Right now, the issue of desecularization is being underreported in the press, but that is a very fixable issue. People are trusting the mainstream press less and less and the internet is causing more competition. In addition, a growing religious populations will force the mainstream press to cater to their customers in terms of their reporting. Once the mainstream press starts reporting on the matter of desecularization, people's herd mentality will further accelerate desecularization in the world and within Western societies.
And I expect the in-fighting to continue in Western atheism given: growing political polarization within society as a whole (sharp political differences are greatly helping to cause atheist factions); the quarrelsome nature of atheists and the fact that losing teams often point fingers on who is to blame for their troubles.
The agnostic professor Eric Kaufmann is entirely correct about the implosion of adherents to atheism/agnosticism and the rise of religious fundamentalism in the world. I should have seen this earlier given my university training in some of the social sciences and given the faddish nature of New Atheism. I should have also seen the reactionary nature of New Atheism as being a reaction to growing religious fundamentalism in the world, the resurgence of religion in many countries of the world and the failure of the secularization thesis.
I realize that many proud atheists would prefer not to see a collapse in the number of atheists in the world and engage in the fallacy of exclusion in relation to the above matters. Of course, that can actually work in favor in terms of aiding desecuralization in the world. The strategist Sun Tzu said in order to prevail, you must understand yourself, your opponents and the lay of the land. Denialists are at a distinct disadvantage. The crushing defeat of overconfident secular leftists in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and their post election shock that it happened is certainly testimony to this matter. Secular leftists meltdowns post election and the teary-eyed and self-described militant atheist/leftist Kathy Griffin saying of Trump "He broke me" does show me how fragile secular leftist morale is (see: Secular leftists and psychogenic illness). In the 21st century, secular leftists are certainly totally unprepared to deal with a "badass religion" like fundamentalist Islam. And of course, they are no match for Christendom which has a track record of growth for about 2,000 years.
Atheists did put up a significant degree of opposition to theism from the time of the French Revolution to around the fall of the Soviet Union. But William Shakespeare was right that the world is a stage and an unfolding story. In terms of the play as far as atheism/agnosticism vs. theism play, we are at the point of the denouement the play (the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved).
Final note

Given that atheism has existed since biblical times, there probably will be some foolish souls treading water and practicing atheism before the second coming of Jesus Christ, but the days of the HMS Atheism proudly sailing the high seas is nearing an end. The HMS Atheism is taken on water and is being relentless battered by fierce winds and giant waves.

One thing for sure, Jesus has plenty of room in the lifeboat of Christianity for atheists who wish to flee the sinking ship of the HMS Atheism.

The HMS Atheism is rapidly approaching the rocks

In 2017, the American atheist activist Lee Moore declared:
If you look at the major atheist groups right now, like the national groups, the ones that are doing the real activist work... They are not bringing in the kind of donations they used to. Most of them are starved for cash. They're downsizing left and right. Because people aren't just giving like they used to. And I talked to a lot of the major donors out there and they said, "Well, we're kind of tired of seeing the atheist community just fight amongst itself and not really get anything done. We'd rather not give money if we don't think it's going to go somewhere
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.
In 2017, the British newspaper The Guardian reported:
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
On December 23, 2012, Eric Kaufmann 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.

Razib Khan points out in Discover Magazine, "most secular nations in the world are those of East Asia, in particular what are often termed “Confucian societies.” It is likely therefore that the majority of the world’s atheists are actually East Asian."

East Asia contains about 25 percent of the world’s population. China’s population represents 20 percent of the people on earth.

The largest atheist population in the world is in China. China is seeing an explosive growth of Christianity and the bulk of these Christians are evangelical Christians.

On November 1, 2014, an article in The Economist entitled Cracks in the atheist edifice declared:

Officials are untroubled by the clash between the city’s famously freewheeling capitalism and the Communist Party’s ideology, yet still see religion and its symbols as affronts to the party’s atheism... 
Yang Fenggang of Purdue University, in Indiana, says the Christian church in China has grown by an average of 10% a year since 1980. He reckons that on current trends there will be 250 million Christians by around 2030, making China’s Christian population the largest in the world. Mr. Yang says this speed of growth is similar to that seen in fourth-century Rome just before the conversion of Constantine, which paved the way for Christianity to become the religion of his empire.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Atheist admits that the atheist movement could be more boring than it was 10 years ago. How could atheists and atheism become even more boring?

In the article Atheists are boring snoozefests. Incontrovertible proof!, I wrote about how boring atheists/atheism is. 

 The atheist Jeremiah Traeger wrote about atheist conferences: 
As for conferences, I could imagine a number of reasons why they are getting smaller. Isn’t it possible that atheism, as a movement, just isn’t really as exciting or novel as it was 7 or 10 years ago? 
I didn't think it was possible for atheists/atheism to become even more boring. But evidently, it may have happened.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The effects of defense of Christianity heavy artillery fire on the efforts of militant atheists

Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith through logic/evidence based arguments. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia (from Greek ἀπολογία), which means "speaking in defense".

Secular humanism is a form of atheism. Many atheist refer to secular humanism simply as humanism.

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. 
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...  
...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.

The heavy artillery fire of Christian apologists that has been raining down on atheism/agnosticism is having an effect as can seen below.  The attack of atheists has been halted.
The atheist enemy attaches great importance to the effects of his own artillery. We must do the same. By sheer weight of fire: morale is lowered, observation and movement hindered, control disrupted and their weapons become ineffective. These are the neutralization effects of artillery.
Wait until Donald Trump's forces of Betsy DeVos hit the beaches and more children go to private religious schools.  Wait until more Supreme Court justices hits the beaches and religious freedom is expanded even further. 
  • "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 American Interest, cited in the article American atheism