Friday, February 14, 2014

4 reasons why atheism and agnosticism are weak, errant, secular religions. Also, a number of academic journals now indicate that global atheism/agnosticism will be shrinking in influence

  A few points before I demonstrate that atheism and agnosticism are weak, errant, secular religions.

- Atheism and agnosticism are secular religions as they meet the criteria of  being religions: Atheism is a religion and Understanding Secular Religions

- Also, I list below a number of academic journal articles I recently found indicating that global atheism/agnosticism are going to continue to lose influence/adherents and this will affect Western atheism/agnosticism (the process has started already - evangelicalism is the fastest growing religion in France for example).  There is a resurgence of global religiousity and global Christianity is growing rapidly. 

4 reasons why atheism and agnosticism are weak, errant secular religions

Would you like more proof and evidence that atheism and agnosticism are weak religions.

Four of the hallmarks of weak religions are:

1. The members of weak religions are often afraid to debate. Atheists and agnostics are certainly known for their penchant to dodge debates. See: Global atheists refuse debate challenge   Also, see the video Cowardice of atheism so obvious it makes headlines.  (Richard Dawkins flip-flops between being an atheist and an agnostic, but lately his agnosticism is getting more coverage:  Richard Dawkins is a flip-flopper between being an atheist and being an agnostic).

 And we know that believers in biblical creation easily win debates with evolutionists.  Around the 1970s, prominent evolutionists lost hundreds of debates at colleges, universities and other public places.  As a result, they are now afraid to publicly debate. 

And agnosticism is so boring and weak that very few Christianity vs. agnosticism debates ever occur. The agnostic and evolutionist Richard Dawkins is very well known for dodging debates and losing a debate to a rabbi (and then trying to deny the video recorded debate took place).  See:Richard Dawkins and Rabbi Boteach

Christianity has an enormous amount of proof and evidence for it veracity and there is no proof and evidence that atheism or agnosticism are valid worldviews. See:  Evidence for Christianity 

2. The Christian Post published an article titled Study: Atheists Have Lowest 'Retention Rate' Compared to Religious Groups

The Christian Post article declared about the Georgetown University study:
Those who grow up in an atheist household are least likely to maintain their beliefs about religion as adults, according to a study by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Only about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household remain atheists as adults. This "retention rate" was the lowest among the 20 separate categories in the study.
3. The members of weak religions are noted for picking on ultra weak religions in order to make them feel better about their own weak religion.  According to web traffic tracking services like Alexa and other website tracking services, the atheist wiki RationalWiki is especially known for their articles on:  Pleiadians and Project Blue Beam.

Unsurprisingly, the Pleiadians and Project Blue Beam articles cover flaky concepts promoted by New Age cranks.  In short, easily debunked concepts. 

RationalWikians, why don't you:

Try to debunk the very strong article on the origin of life by Dr. Don Batten (See:  Origin of life). The origin of life is certainly an achilles heel of evolutionary belief and atheism  According to the evolutionists PZ Myers and Nick Matzke, the origin of life is part of the evolutionary paradigm (see: See:  Origin of life  ).  Are you very afraid to tackle Dr. Batten's article RationalWikians? It certainly looks like it!  

4. Global atheism/agnosticism have a long term trend of shrinking in influence and/or adherents for about the last 13 years and the rate of shrinking is expected to accelerate in the 21st century and affect Western World atheism/agnosticism.  And the atheist/agnostic communities have no plan to reverse this decline (see:  Evolutionists, atheists and agnostics: Where is your master plan to reverse your decline? )

CNS News:
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.
Read more at CNS News.

Articles in academic journals and other sources

See the articles below some of which are published in academic journals and one was published by National Public Radio:

-   Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann, Belfer Center, Harvard University/Birkbeck College, University of London

- Academic journal article, with Anne Goujon and Vegard Skirbekk, The End of Secularization in Europe?: A Socio-Demographic Perspective,’ Sociology of Religion

-   Future of European atheism, agnosticism and Darwinism

-   Religious immigrants highly resistant to secularization 

 ‘Demography and the Future of Religion: Eric Kaufmann’s Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?’, Vox Nova

-    Cornucopians and 7 billion people: ‘Rural and religious fuel the world’s population boom,’ Providence Journal, Nov.6, 2011

-  Academic journal article, with Vegard Skirbekk and Anne Goujon, ‘American political affiliation, 2003–43: A cohort component projection,’ Population Studies, published online Nov. 5

- Interviewed as part of Alan Greenblatt, ‘As Europe Ages, Its Economies Look Vulnerable,‘, September 24

- Academic journal article, with Vegard Skirbekk and Anne Goujon, ‘American political affiliation, 2003–43: A cohort component projection,’ Population Studies, published online 

 ‘Demography, Destiny and New Foreign Policy Challenges for the 21st Century,’ Foreign Policy Research Institute, Dec. 12, Philadelphia, PA

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