PZ Myers' weak leadership skills

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The article Atheism is rudderless and unseaworthy charges that PZ Myers exhibits poor leadership skills, lacks due diligence in his scholarship, practices denialism and engaged in selective quoting.[1]

On July 24, 2012, a supporter of Creation Ministries International's Question evolution! campaign pointed out that PZ Myers exhibits poor leadership skills, lacks due diligence in his scholarship, practices denialism and engaged in selective quoting.[1]

Specifically, an article entitled Atheism is rudderless and unseaworthy among other things declares:

One of the hallmarks of leaders is that they search for and recognize opportunities and help their communities capitalize on them. In addition, they scan the environment for problems which threaten their communities and help their communities solve them. Let's take a look at PZ Myers' problem recognition and problem solving abilities and see how they stack up....

In 2012, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) reported that every day there are 800 less atheists per day, 1,100 less non-religious (agnostic) people per day and 83,000 more people professing to be Christians per day (see: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - status of Global Mission report).

Furthermore, in 2009, the book A sceptics guide to atheism indicated: "A worldwide poll taken in 1991 put the global figure for atheists at just 4.4% of the population. By 2006 it was estimated that only 2% of the world population were atheists."

The Birbeck, University of London professor Eric Kaufmann declared to a secular Australian 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."

Eric Kaufmann using a multitude of demographic studies argues in an academic paper entitled Shall the Righteous Inherit the Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century that the decline of atheism in terms of its global adherents is an established trend that will persist for the foreseeable future and the rate of decline will accelerate...

Furthermore, Myers chooses to ignore an inconvenient fact from his own source...

...Myers fails to point out that from the most recent period apparently examined by International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) was from 1998 to 2008. During that 10 year period, the ISSP indicated the percentage of atheists/agnostics decreased in America and the number of theists increased during that period. Specifically, in 1998 the percentage of Americans who didn't believe in God was 3.2% and in 2008 it was 2.8% which is a decease in the percentage of atheists/agnostics. Also, the ISSP indicated that 77.5% of Americans were theists overall in 1998 and in 2008 it was 78.2 percent which is an increase in the percentage of theists...

In 2011, the Gallup organization wrote "More than 9 in 10 Americans still say "yes" when asked the basic question "Do you believe in God?". In 2008, the American Religious Indentification Survey (ARIS) reported .7% of Americans self-identified themselves as atheists and .9% of Americans self-identified as agnostics... In 2007, Pew Forum estimated that 1.6% of Americans are atheists and 2.4% of Americans are agnostics....

Myers' analysis of the current situation facing the atheist community in terms of its global decline and the future implications of this decline exhibits poor scholarship, denialism and poor leadership.[1]

In addition, the article points out that atheists have sub-replacement birth rates while the religious population has more children. Furthermore, it is pointed out that PZ Myers' rabid pro-abortion advocacy further accelerates the decline of atheism in the world.[1]

For more information please see the article: Atheism is rudderless and unseaworthy

Lack of a plan to stop decline of global atheism and global agnosticism

Using academic studies, survey data and other information, supporters of the Question evolution! campaign maintain that including PZ Myers, there is a lack of sound leadership within the agnostic/atheist and evolutionist communities in dealing with the global decline of atheism and agnosticism.

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