1. What was reported in 2011 which signals a big upcoming loss in the world's atheist population?
2. Is it the start of a trend which will accelerate?
3. How big could the losses be to the global atheist population?
4. How can the Question Evolution! Campaign and 15 questions for evolutionists serve as a catalyst for this change to take place?
5. How will this affect evolutionary belief in the world?
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However, an even more exciting article came out in January of 2011 entitled 'Third Church' China's New Face of Christianity
Below is an excerpt from the article 'Third Church' China's New Face of Christianity:
Christianity in China began decades ago in the countryside, but today, a dramatic shift is happening.How big of a bite could this take out of the world atheist population?
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."
In 2012, an article entitled Atheism in decline by Nigel Tomes declared:
In 1970 atheists (those avowing there is no God) numbered 166 million worldwide; that was almost one-in-twenty—4.5% of the globe’s population. By 2012 atheists’ number is estimated at 137 million. That’s a decline of almost 30 million. Since world population is growing, atheists’ share declined to less than one-in-fifty—under 2% in 2012. Put differently, every 24 hours there are 800 fewer atheists in the world! Atheism is in decline.Estimating the potential impact to the world's atheist population
China has a population of about 1.3 billion people. China is an atheistic communist government which is autocratic in nature. In addition, it is a very large country. Therefore, it is difficult to get precise estimates of the size of the atheist population. In 1993, The Atlas of Religion, estimated that the percentage of atheists in China was between 10 and 14 percent. Given the growth of Christianity in China, let's say for the sake of discussion 10% of China's population claim to be atheists. China has about 1 billion people. That would mean China has about 100,000,000 people who say they are atheists. The world population is approximately 7 billion people. If 2% of the world's population profess to be atheists, that would mean about 140,000,000 people claim to be atheists in the world.
I am going to get more accurate figures on the estimated number of Chinese atheists, but as you can see, Christianity seeing tremendous growth in China could take a huge bite out of the atheist population.
How will global atheism shrinking affect Western World atheism?
The Birbeck, University of London professor Eric Kaufmann declared to a secular audience in a lecture titled Shall the religious inherit the earth: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."
How can the Question Evolution! Campaign help Christian evangelism in China?
Question Evolution! group has a member who has connections to U.S Christian groups who work with Chinese students in America. Plus, he is familiar with Chinese culture and can even speak some Mandarin Chinese.
There are Chinese American churches in America and Canada. Since many of the people in our group live in America and Canada it will not be very difficult to contact these churches. It would be great to translate material related to the 15 questions for evolutionists for Chinese Christians to use. For example, we have a Question Evolution Question Evolution! book for middle school students coming out in 2013.
Since many atheists are evolutionists, this could aid in the spread of Christianity in China by removing a needless roadblock to Christian evangelism.
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