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CNS News on the Christianity vs. atheism culture war - Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-chief of CNS News

"Must the modern Conservative Movement be a classroom in which young Americans can be schooled in how to fight and defeat the forces of atheism so manifestly gaining ground in our society today? Of course." - Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-chief of CNS News (percentage wise they are not growing in the world and probably not in the USA either)

Atheism topics

New Atheism and dogmatism

A new study released by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt compared Atheists with popular conservative pundits like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Anne Coulter when it comes to dogmatism.

Atheism and women

"At CFI’s Women in Secularism 2 Conference this past May, Carrie Poppy remarked that she has a friend who studies social movements, and that almost every movement has a “woman stage,” where women either engage or turn away from the movement. If women get heavily involved, the movement succeeds, and if they don’t, it stagnates. Her friend holds that the secular movement is in its woman stage right now."[1] See: Atheism and women and Ponies vs. atheism - Ponies win!

Women, atheist non-profits and fundraising

"Older ladies are THE major donor demographic. Here’s something amazing. Women are far, far more generous than men. (Hey, we knew this, didn’t we?) A recent study found that women are more than TWICE as generous than men. For every $100 boomer and older men gave, women in the very same economic circumstances gave $258!! Women are more likely to give to charity, and they are more likely to give more. (Women Give 2012, Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Indiana University.)"[2]

See: Atheism and uncharitableness and Atheism and women

Postsecularism

"The claim that the notion of secularization was never a reliable guide to processes of religious change feeds into several arguments for the need to abandon it altogether and, instead, to adopt a position termed “postsecular.” A particularly radical charge is that secularization was nothing more than an ideological obfuscation or a self-serving ploy implemented by rationalist intellectuals and elites (Hadden 1987; Martin 1969; Morozov 2008:41)." - British sociologist James Bradwick[3]

Martin, David. 1969. The Religious and the secular: Studies in secularization. Oxford, UK: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Hadden, Jeffrey K. 1987. Toward desacralizing secularization theory. Social Forces 65(3):587–611.

Morozov, Aleksandr. 2008. Has the postsecular age begun? Religion, State and Society 36(1):39–44.

Interesting resources on atheism

S.S. Atheism is taking on water

Western theism is in the doldrums, global atheism is declining and the liberalism which feeds secularism/atheism is laden with large and growing sums of sovereign debt which will produce another economic crisis.

"The atheist movement comprises more than 2,000 groups and organizations in the U.S. today, but the movement, in composition and purpose, has failed...". - CJ Werleman at Salon, 10/2013 [4]

“If mainstream freethought and humanism continue to reflect the narrow cultural interests of white elites who have disposable income to go to conferences then the secular movement is destined to remain marginal and insular.” - Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson

USA's projected CHANGING MAKEUP

How components of the U.S. population are projected to change by 2050:

  • Racial/ethnic groups 2005 2050
  • Foreign-born 12% 19%
  • White* 67% 47%
  • Hispanic 14% 29%
  • Black* 13% 13%
  • Asian* 5% 9%

Godless will lose the US culture war

Secular Europeans are a dying breed

"The greying of the baby boomers - A century-long view of ageing in European populations

If migratory flows were suddenly to stop from 2010 on, the overall outcome would be older European populations. At the end of the period under consideration, on average, the median age would be about three years more, the percentage of persons aged 65 years and over 3.4 percentage points higher, that of the oldest-old 2 percentage points higher, and the [Old Age Dependency Ratio] OADR would also increase by more than 8 points, from 52.4 to 61.0. The impact at national level depends on the level and direction migration is assumed to take over the next five decades. The countries for which the positive net migratory flows are projected to be more significant are those where the additional ageing due to no migration would be more relevant. For instance, Spain would reach a median age of 54.4 by 2060, instead of 49.7; on the other hand, in Romania the median age would increase by only 0.6 years....

Population ageing is undoubtedly going to be a key demographic challenge in many European countries over the next fifty years. Its implications for socioeconomic systems, such as public pensions programmes, health care or kinship structures, may be considerable. The latest Eurostat projections (Europop2010) show that, over the next 50 years, population ageing is likely to attain unprecedented levels in 31 European countries, though the magnitude, speed and timing are likely to vary. In fact, population ageing has been a reality for decades now. In some countries it may already have passed its peak speed over a one-century period to enter a slowdown phase; in others, the process may speed up noticeably over the coming decades."[5]

Europe and religious immigrants

Europe and desecularization

Interview with Eric Kaufmann, Author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? and misc.

November 2013: “Unless fertility rates dramatically improve,” Turnbull cautioned, “societies with birth rates substantially below replacement level will either dwindle into an ­insignificant fraction of their current ­numbers or be swamped by larger and larger waves of immigration.”[6]

Desecularization of the world

Folly of atheism

Atheists and ignorance of the history of science

Militant secularism

Militant atheism YouTube channel

other

http://freethoughtblogs.com/alstefanelli/2012/04/04/tyranny-lost-concept/

Other information

Boston University study, atheism/autism: http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/proceedings/2011/papers/0782/paper0782.pdf

no-religion/U.S slower than previously reported - mainly unchurched theists rather than atheists/agnostics: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/08/090810024831.htm


Amongst the most elite – the Nobel Laureates and the U. S. Academy of Sciences – the percent of Atheists is the highest, around 93%, “committed to the life of the mind”.[10] Biet-Hallahmi, author of “Atheism, A Psychological Profile”, in “The Cambridge Companion to Atheism”, wrote, “…what these individuals [the most elite] had, in addition to their creativity and high intelligence, was a strong wish to create distance between themselves and their parents.”[7] Vitz has also stated other common factors he observed in the leading atheists he profiled: they were all intelligent and arrogant.[8]

Atheism - A license to kill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkZ5fq9SvWs

http://wonderfulword.com/1millionlinks/Creation_Evolution.html

http://library.thinkquest.org/19012/gather/greatlin.htm


a message to atheists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5QQONHlgtw&feature=related

Age groups and internet usage

http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Generations_Memo.pdf

Most students have to navigate these decisions without any spiritual direction or encouragement. The campus ministry targets university students, because it is the decision making time of life: the small window of time where individuals are open to changing their ideas, beliefs and perceptions of the world. This is why roughly 90% of all Christians made their decision for Christ before they reached the age of 21. http://www.campusforchrist.org/about/whycampus.php

Age of conversion - Barna Group

http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpd


http://debunkingatheists.blogspot.com/

Fellow atheist calls PZ Myers "The idiot of the week" apparently over defining what an atheist is: http://www.atheistrev.com/2011/02/idiot-of-week-pz-myers.html

Causes of atheism additional info

Further study needed (see previous resources on this matter on talk page via archives): Psychological profile of atheists: http://thecountryshrink.com/tag/atheism/ conservative 21:35, 28 June 2009 (EDT)

Biet-Hallahmi, author of “Atheism, A Psychological Profile”, in “The Cambridge Companion to Atheism”, wrote, “…what these individuals [the most elite] had, in addition to their creativity and high intelligence, was a strong wish to create distance between themselves and their parents.” - Caplovitz and Sherrow 1977; Quoted in “Cambridge Companion to Atheism”: “Atheists: a Psychological Profile”, Cambridge University Press, p307. conservative 23:30, 18 January 2009 (EST)
Atheists: A Groundbreaking Study of America's Nonbelievers (Paperback)[9] conservative 23:37, 18 January 2009 (EST)


http://www.atheism-analyzed.net/Atheist%20Talking%20Points%20Rebellion.htm


http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/apr/04/bookcase-debate-new-atheists-religion

Atheist YouTube channel wasteland

A reply to a YT video by a YT Skeptic named “NonStampCollector”. This fellow combines lousy art (stick figures) with lousy arguments, but somehow manages to get hundreds of people to watch his stuff and praise it. Just goes to show what a wasteland the Net can be![10]

Loftus and Christian-thinktank, etc.

http://www.tektonics.org/lp/ignorance.htm

Dawkins

http://www.thinkingchristian.net/2011/04/why-is-richard-dawkins-so-popular/

People tend to Believe in God

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8510711/Belief-in-God-is-part-of-human-nature-Oxford-study.html

secularism and the UK and list of quotes

Other

Amongst the most elite – the Nobel Laureates and the U. S. Academy of Sciences – the percent of Atheists is the highest, around 93%, “committed to the life of the mind”.[10] Biet-Hallahmi, author of “Atheism, A Psychological Profile”, in “The Cambridge Companion to Atheism”, wrote, “…what these individuals [the most elite] had, in addition to their creativity and high intelligence, was a strong wish to create distance between themselves and their parents.”[11] Vitz has also stated other common factors he observed in the leading atheists he profiled: they were all intelligent and arrogant.[12]

Atheism - A license to kill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkZ5fq9SvWs

http://wonderfulword.com/1millionlinks/Creation_Evolution.html

http://library.thinkquest.org/19012/gather/greatlin.htm

Age groups and internet usage

http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Generations_Memo.pdf

Most students have to navigate these decisions without any spiritual direction or encouragement. The campus ministry targets university students, because it is the decision making time of life: the small window of time where individuals are open to changing their ideas, beliefs and perceptions of the world. This is why roughly 90% of all Christians made their decision for Christ before they reached the age of 21. http://www.campusforchrist.org/about/whycampus.php

Age of conversion - Barna Group

http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=172

Atheism and demographics

Effect of prosperity on rate of atheism

Atheism, conservative religion and rates of birth

Atheism, conservative religion and rates of birth

American religious groups and income

decline of atheism further research

Decline of atheism, further research: http://churchintoronto.blogspot.com/2012/01/atheism-in-decline.html

Find original sources for these additional stats. Conservative 07:45, 21 May 2012 (EDT)

Dawkins

Upcoming book: http://au.christiantoday.com/article/dawkins-to-write-about-personal-journey-to-atheism/13465.htm

award, "services to humanism": http://www.cisionwire.com/british-humanist-association-press-room/r/richard-dawkins-awarded-for-services-to-humanism,c9271235

Atheists and attacking critics as being stupid and/or crazy

Vox Day:

"Now, it is certainly true that I rub the oft-demonstrated fact of my superior intelligence in the face of my critics, for the reason I have often explained. Both the political Left and the militant atheists regularly resort to the logical fallacy of appealing to the authority of intelligence; in fact, atheists even utilize it in a bizarre and illogical argument against the existence of God. My overt assertion and subsequent demonstration of an even higher degree of intelligence than most of them can muster thereby removes one of their favorite intellectual weapons from their arsenal and tends to make them look foolish when they attempt to use it to dismiss me in the manner that they dismiss so many others they attack.

This is why you will often see them theorizing that I must be crazy, because they are so attached to their logical fallacy that they literally cannot grasp that someone can be more intelligent than they are and nevertheless reject their left-liberal ideology or their godless scientism... even though it has been statistically demonstrated that there are more high IQ theists than atheists. IQ-flaunting is a useful rhetorical device that trumps a common rhetorical argument, nothing more. And it is obviously an effective one, as most of my critics eventually get around to complaining about it sooner or later."[13]

Dislike of evangelical atheists

Essays

Essays:

Rise of global creationism and the global decline of atheism/agnosticism

10 Reasons American atheism will see a significant decline

Atheism: A house divided and in global decline

Pro- atheism funding

New Religious Survey

I saw this survey, which was released today, being spun by the mainstream media. I think it supports some of the things you've been writing about--specifically that people are spinning "unchurched" into atheists. This survey indicates that a mere 3% of people are atheist as opposed to the 20% who answered "no religion".

I thought you might like to have the link and survey, in case you hadn't seen it and wanted to use it to update some of the pages. http://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uoc--aar031213.php Best, WilliamWB 12:50, 13 March 2013 (EDT)

Creation vs. evolution

Creation vs. evolution - CW

Various types of atheists - research

Humorous articles on the atheism and obesity article and miscellaneous

"...the article goes on to give a massive list of atheists who are fat. I’m going to give you a few of the names, not because I want a cheap laugh or people to just shake their heads in shame, but because I want people to know just how hard these ******* work to get a list of atheists who are fat."[14] The bitten dog yelps the loudest!

non religious and Domestic violence

Fergusson et al. (1986) - non-religious New Zealanders experienced higher rates of domestic violence than their religious counterparts

Ellison and Anderson (2001) - regular church-attenders - lower rates of domestic violence than non church-attenders

"Another line of thought suggests that religious people may be less likely to perpe- trate domestic violence (Fergusson, Horwood, Kershaw, & Shannon, 1986). A 1999 study of U.S. couples found that both men and women who attend religious services regularly are less likely to commit acts of domestic violence than those who attend rarely or not at all (Ellison et al., 1999). A follow-up study identified three pathways through which religious involvement may operate; namely, increasing levels of social integration and social support, reducing the likelihood of alcohol or substance abuse, and decreasing the risk of psychological problems (Ellison & Anderson, 2001). However, even after considering such indirect effects of religion through the use of sta- tistical controls, that study found that regular religious involvement still had a protec- tive effect against the perpetration of domestic violence by both men and women (Ellison & Anderson, 2001). In addition, that study showed that evidence of such pro- tective religious effects persisted regardless of whether domestic violence was measured using data from self reports or partner reports, which makes it difficult to attribute these observed religious effects to simple social desirability or other response bias." - Johnson Christopher G. Ellison, Jenny A. Trinitapoli, Kristin L. Anderson and Byron R. Race/Ethnicity, Religious Involvement, and Domestic Violence[15] See also: http://vaw.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/11/1094

The religion of atheism/humanism

Observations about atheists and humorous question

- Why do atheists insist Christians need to provide "Original" claims, beliefs, statements, arguments, (etc.) when THEY all sling the same old "arguments" that have been passed from atheist generation to atheist generation?[16]

- Why do atheists resort to tactics like "changing the subject /re-directing the topic, "the straw man"...(our favorite to shoot down) etc. and dragging out unnecessarily long replies with no actual answer to the question being asked?[17]

- Can you PROVE you're an atheist?[18]

Crazy, militant atheist

Anti-atheism quotes

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