Atheism and its anti-civilizational effects

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Most atheists likely live in East Asia (see: Asian atheism).

A beggar in Cambodia. In Cambodia, the vast majority of the population adheres to a nontheistic form of Buddhism called the Theravada school of Buddhism.

A comprehensive study by Harvard University professor Robert Putnam found that religious people are more charitable than their irreligious counterparts.[1] See: Atheism and charity

Below is information relating to atheism and its anti-civilizational effects.

Atheism and fertility rates

See also: Atheism and fertility rates and Atheism and marriage

Over 60% of Czech citizens can be identified as irreligious.[2][3] In 2012, the Czech Republic had 1.45 births per woman. A societal replacement level of births is 2.1 births per woman.

Atheistic/irreligious populations/countries in the world currently have a below replacement levels of births (see: Atheism and fertility rates).

Michael Blume, a researcher at the University of Jena in Germany, wrote about the sub-replacement level of fertility among atheistic populations: "Most societies or communities that have espoused atheistic beliefs have not survived more than a century."[4] Blume also indicated concerning concerning his research on this matter: "What I found was the complete lack of a single case of a secular population, community or movement that would just manage to retain replacement level."[4] See also: Atheism and sexuality

According to an international study done by William Bainbridge, atheism is frequent among people whose interpersonal social obligations are weak and is also linked to lower fertility rates in advanced industrial nations (See also: Atheism and social skills).[5] See also: Atheism, women and children

Replacement fertility is the level of fertility that is required to sustain a population without any external inputs (see also: Population crash).

In human populations, replacement fertility is 2.1 children born per woman in a given population.

Caspar Melville wrote in The New Humanist: "Firstly secular liberalism is individualistic, and therefore it goes hand in hand with delayed child bearing and lower fertility rates.[6]

Atheism and marriage

Women are more likely to find atheism unappealing (See: Atheism and women).

See also: Atheism and marriage

Christian apologist Michael Caputo wrote:

Recently the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has published its mammoth study on Religion in America based on 35,000 interviews... According to the Pew Forum a whopping 37% of atheists never marry as opposed to 19% of the American population, 17% of Protestants and 17% of Catholics.[7]

According to the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) "more than half of all atheists and agnostics don’t get married."[8]

Atheist population and immorality

See also: Atheism and morality and Atheist population and immorality and Atheism and moral depravity

The perverse and cruel atheist Marquis de Sade in prison, 18th century line engraving. Sade was an advocate of abortion.[9]

Not possessing a religious basis for morality, which can provide a legitimate basis for objective morality, atheists are fundamentally incapable of having a coherent system of morality.[10] For example, atheists have been the biggest mass murderers in history (see: Atheism and mass murder). See also: Atheism and morality and Atheism and culture

Atheism and various types of immorality:

Atheistic communism, mass murder and sociopathic leaders

Joseph Stalin's atheistic regime killed tens of millions of people.

See also: Atheism and mass murder and Atheist atrocities and Atheism and human rights violations and Atheism and sociopathy and Atheism and violence and Atheism and leadership

Historically, atheism has generally been an integral part of communist ideology (see: Atheism and communism).

According to the University of Cambridge, historically, the "most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power."[11]

In a Washington Post article entitled Lessons from a century of communism Ilya Somin wrote:

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power, which led to the establishment of a communist regime in Russia and eventually in many other nations around the world. It is an appropriate time to remember the vast tide of oppression, tyranny, and mass murder that communist regimes unleashed upon the world. While historians and others have documented numerous communist atrocities, much of the public remains unaware of their enormous scale. It is also a good time to consider what lessons we can learn from this horrendous history.

Collectively, communist states killed as many as 100 million people, more than all other repressive regimes combined during the same time period...

There is no doubt communist governments had more than their share of cruel and even sociopathic leaders.[12]

Theodore Beale notes concerning atheism, mass murder and sociopathic atheist leaders:

Apparently it was just an amazing coincidence that every Communist of historical note publicly declared his atheism … .there have been twenty-eight countries in world history that can be confirmed to have been ruled by regimes with avowed atheists at the helm … These twenty-eight historical regimes have been ruled by eighty-nine atheists, of whom more than half have engaged in democidal acts of the sort committed by Stalin and Mao

The total body count for the ninety years between 1917 and 2007 is approximately 148 million dead at the bloody hands of fifty-two atheists, three times more than all the human beings killed by war, civil war, and individual crime in the entire twentieth century combined.

The historical record of collective atheism is thus 182,716 times worse on an annual basis than Christianity’s worst and most infamous misdeed, the Spanish Inquisition. It is not only Stalin and Mao who were so murderously inclined, they were merely the worst of the whole Hell-bound lot. For every Pol Pot whose infamous name is still spoken with horror today, there was a Mengistu, a Bierut, and a Choibalsan, godless men whose names are now forgotten everywhere but in the lands they once ruled with a red hand.

Is a 58 percent chance that an atheist leader will murder a noticeable percentage of the population over which he rules sufficient evidence that atheism does, in fact, provide a systematic influence to do bad things? If that is not deemed to be conclusive, how about the fact that the average atheist crime against humanity is 18.3 million percent worse than the very worst depredation committed by Christians, even though atheists have had less than one-twentieth the number of opportunities with which to commit them. If one considers the statistically significant size of the historical atheist set and contrasts it with the fact that not one in a thousand religious leaders have committed similarly large-scale atrocities, it is impossible to conclude otherwise, even if we do not yet understand exactly why this should be the case. Once might be an accident, even twice could be coincidence, but fifty-two incidents in ninety years reeks of causation![13][14]

Beale also wrote: "I believe that a small minority of atheists are rational sociopaths - unfortunately, these are the ones who seem to have the will to power."[15]

Theodore Beale wrote about the secular left and mass murder: does, however, cast serious doubt on the common atheist assertion that a godless society will be a peaceful one. The significant question has never been if atheism causes political leaders to kill in large quantities, it is why political leaders who happen to be atheist have been inordinately inclined to kill in large quantities.

As I wrote in TIA, the answer is probably to be found in the fact that atheists who have committed great historical crimes are almost exclusively left-wing atheists with utopian visions of restructuring human society; Ayn Rand atheists aren't exactly known for attempting to violently restructure societal order.[16]

Atheism and culture: Art, architecture, music, language, poetry, dance and humor

A People's Republic of China propaganda poster stating "Destroy the Old World & Forge the New World," with a worker smashing a crucifix, a Buddha murti, and a classical Chinese sacred text; 1967.

See also: Atheism and culture

Culture consists of the "language, habits, ideas, beliefs, customs, social organization, inherited artifacts, technical processes, and values."[17]

Atheism has not produced any outstanding cultural achievements and it has had a negative effect on cultures (see: Atheism and culture and Atheism statistics).

For example, relative to Christianity, which has a large collection of art, music and poetry associated it, atheism has a very small collection of art, music and poetry associated with it (see: Atheist art and Atheist music and Atheist poetry).

It is often said that atheism is boring, stale and difficult to believe (see: Atheism and inspiration). Research indicates that atheists are less open-minded (see: Atheism and open-mindedness).

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Atheism, social/interpersonal intelligence and loneliness

See also: Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence and Atheism and loneliness

Secular societies commonly have significant levels of loneliness. See: Atheism and loneliness

See also: Atheism and loneliness

As noted above, atheism is frequent among people whose interpersonal social obligations are weak.(See also: Atheism and social skills).[18]

Loneliness has been linked to many physical and mental health problems.[19]

Compared to deeply religious cultures where an extended family and a sense of community often exists, secular countries are often lonelier societies. In addition, numerous studies and other data indicate that atheists often have lower emotional intelligence and lower social skills (see: Atheism and emotional intelligence and Atheism and social skills).

For more information, please see: Atheism and loneliness

In 2017, the atheist PZ Myers, quoting fellow leftist Alex Nichols, wrote:

...the growing popularity of jibes associating outspoken atheists with fedoras, neckbeards, and virginity, led to an exodus of liberals and leftists from the “atheist” tent. Those who remained for the most part lacked in social skills and self-awareness, and the results were disastrous.[20]
PZ Myers declared, "...I don’t object to bestiality in a very limited set of specific conditions..."[21][22] See: Atheism and bestiality

In 2013, PZ Myers declared:

If we're going to expand our base and we're going to draw in more people to recognize the virtues of living in a secular world, we need to appeal to more than just that geek and nerd subset of the population. We need to have a wider base. ...I seriously believe that we're on the cusp of a crisis. We're not there yet but it's looming in front of us. Will we adapt and thrive and change the world? Or will we remain an avocation for a prosperous and largely irrelevant subset of the population? Will we become something more than a scattered society of internet nerds? That's what we have to do.[23]

In response, David Klinghoffer at Evolution News and Views wrote:

A crisis looms, in Myers's view, because he looks around himself and sees a not very promising basis for a mass movement. He's right. There is indeed a quality of geeky isolation from reality, common sense, and the fullness of life that I see as a motif in atheist and Darwin activism alike.[24]

Atheism and sociopathy

See: Atheism and sociopathy

Atheism and justice

Atheism and authoritarianism

See also: Atheism and authoritarianism

Atheism/irreligion and crime

Atheism, alcoholism, drug addiction, smoking, sedentary lifestyles and health

Studies indicate that religious individuals are less likely to engage in illegal drug use than atheists/nonreligious.[25][26][27]

Atheism and politics

Factions/infighting within the Western atheist population

Atheism and economics/productivity

In the former Soviet Union, a popular joke was that the workers pretended to work and the Soviet Union pretended to pay them.[28]

Atheism and human rights violations

See: Atheism and human rights violations

Antiatheism and antisocial behaviors

See also: Antitheism and antisocial behavior and Atheism and narcissism and Atheism and intolerance and Atheism and anger

Antitheism is active opposition to theistic belief.

Social science research indicates that antitheists score the highest among atheists when it comes to personality traits such as narcissism, dogmatism, and anger.[30][31] Furthermore, they scored lowest when it comes to agreeableness and positive relations with others.[32]

List of atheist shooters and serial killers

See: List of atheist shooters and serial killers and Atheist mass shooters

Atheism and violence

See: Atheism and violence

Atheism and misogny

Atheism and racism

See: Atheism and racism

Atheism, indoctrination, historical revisionism and deception

Christianity and social stability

See also: Christianity and social stability

In contrast to atheism, Christianity has a positive effect on social stability (see: Christianity and social stability).

Atheism and uncharitableness

See: Atheism and uncharitableness

New atheist Richard Dawkins on the King James Bible

See also: Richard Dawkins and Christianity and Atheism quotes

"A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian." - New atheist Richard Dawkins[33]

See also


  1. Multiple references:
  2. "Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns" (PDF)
  3. "Are Czechs the least religious of all? | Dana Hamplova | Comment is free |".
  4. 4.0 4.1 Atheist: A dying breed as nature favours faithful
  5. Bainbridge, William (2005). "Atheism" (PDF). Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. 1 (Article 2): 1–26.
  6. Battle of the Babies by Caspar Melville, The New Humanist
  9. The Marquis de Sade and induced abortion
  10. Multiple references:
  11. Investigating atheism: Marxism. University of Cambridge (2008). Retrieved on July 17, 2014. “The most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power. For the first time in history, atheism thus became the official ideology of a state.”
  12. Lessons from a century of communism by Ilya Somin, Washington Post
  13. Vox Day, The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens (Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, Inc.), 2008, p. 17.
  14. Ammi, Ken (June 11, 2009). "Atheism [quoting Vox Day]". Creation Ministries International. Retrieved on July 19, 2014.
  15. Strange Semantics
  16. Atheist Demotivator #4 by Theodore Beal
  17. Christianity and culture
  18. Bainbridge, William (2005). "Atheism" (PDF). Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. 1 (Article 2): 1–26.
  19. Multiple references:
    • Gammon, Katherine (March 2, 2012). "Why loneliness can be deadly". Live Science website.
    • Booth, Robert (October 12, 2014). "Number of severely lonely men over 50 set to rise to 1m in 15 years", The Guardian.
  20. Poisoning of a movement by PZ Myers
  21. Atheist Achilles Heels: Objective Morality and Sacred Life
  22. The “objective morality” gotcha
  23. in Seattle, PZ Myers Reflects Candidly on His Constituency
  24. in Seattle, PZ Myers Reflects Candidly on His Constituency
  25. Believers Consume Fewer Drugs Than Atheists, Christian Post, By Jim Denison, Christian Post Columnist, October 9, 2013|9:47 am
  26. Believers consume fewer drugs than atheists, Science Daily, Date:October 3, 2013, Source: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Foerderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung]
  27. Multiple references:
  28. You Pretend to work and Putin pretends to pay you
  29. Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer blames Atheism and Evolution belief for Murders
  30. Science Shows New Atheists to be Mean and Closed-Minded
  31. Why Sam Harris is Unlikely to Change his Mind by JONATHAN HAIDT, February 3, 2014 8:36 pm
  32. Science Shows New Atheists to be Mean and Closed-Minded
  33. Why I want all our children to read the King James Bible by Richard Dawkins