David Mills

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David Mills

David Mills is an atheist author. In 2007, Mills predicted a "golden age of atheism" in the United States.[1] However, the global population of atheists is shrinking and the New Atheism has not had much of an impact in terms of gaining new adherents to atheism in the United States.[2][3] Furthermore, in 2011 Creation Ministries International launched a grassroots anti-evolution campaign entitled the Question evolution! campaign which will further erode atheistic ideology. Since World War II a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the evolutionary position which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists.[4]

In a March 10, 2008 USA Today article Stephen Prothero reported:

Numbers lie, but they also tell tales untrustworthy and otherwise. So the key question stirring around the much discussed U.S Religious Landscape Survey released in late February by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life is what tale does it state about the state of the union.

For some, the story of this survey, based on interviews in multiple languages with more than 35,000 adults, is the strength of American Religion.

Not too long ago, I wrote that American atheism was going the way of the freak show. As books by Christopher Hitchens and other "new atheists" climbed the best seller lists, I caught a lot of flak for that prophecy. But atheist make up only 1.6% of respondents to this survey....[5]

A prime reason for the ineffectiveness of the New Atheism is the shallowness of its material. For example, even atheist philosopher Michael Ruse stated that that Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion made him "embarrassed to be an atheist".[6]

In 2011, American Spectator declared:

The report estimates about 80,000 new Christians every day, 79,000 new Muslims every day, and 300 fewer atheists every day. These atheists are presumably disproportionately represented in the West, while religion is thriving in the Global South, where charismatic Christianity is exploding."[7]

Books

  • Atheist Universe, 2004

See also

Notes

  1. http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2007/06/we-are-approaching-golden-age-of.html
  2. http://spectator.org/archives/2011/02/28/thriving-christianity
  3. American Faith: A Work In Progress by Stephen Prothero, USA Today, March 10, 2008, page 11A
  4. American Faith: A Work In Progress by Stephen Prothero, USA Today, March 10, 2008, page 11A
  5. http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/47052/?page=3
  6. http://spectator.org/archives/2011/02/28/thriving-christianity
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