Essay: Secular leftist shellshock in 2020

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The website Marketwatch reported concerning the aftermath of the 2016 presidential race: Donald Trump’s win is causing a surge in demand for mental health services.[1]

Shellshock is a term coined during World War I (WWI) to describe soldiers Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. WWI had intense artillery bombardment.

The website Marketwatch reported concerning the aftermath of the 2016 presidential race in which Donald Trump gloriously triumphed: Trump’s win is causing a surge in demand for mental health services.[2] See: Secular leftists and psychogenic illness

Presently, the writing is on the wall that in 2020 there is going to be Trumpslide in the 2020 presidential election (see: 2020. Start celebrating now, but don't be complacent).

And yet, because many politically left individuals live in a cacoon and scrupulously avoid information pointing to Trump winning the 2020 election, his electoral victory will once again be a devastating shock to them. It will be a political lightning strike out of the blue to them and it will shake some of them out of their stupor.

And once they are shaken out of their stupor some might politically shift to the right.

A supporter of Vox Day wrote about Donald Trump being elected in 2020:

American Thinker had a piece a couple days ago that it is Donald J. Trump's election to lose in November at this point.

The hysteria of the past three years is almost indescribable. The meltdown by liberals, leftists, progressives, and cultural Marxists has been been both irritating and entertaining. Their inability to deal with reality has been sobering to watch. I have had a few friendships that ended since 2016 due to my inability to think progressive in our now bifurcated society.

A thought did come to me. In the likely event that DJT is reelected, will this shock some left of center to reality? People by nature back the strong horse. This is how Islam and later socialism and communism have spread. As you have pointed out, Conservatism Inc. has failed to conserve anything. People decide see weakness and therefore lack of faith in the beliefs of the so-called conservatives. An average person wants to be on the winning team.

You have the end of eight years of the Obama centrally-directed economy with growth close to zero. At some point, jobs and hopefully general prosperity will sink into most except the most muddle headed millennial skull. As the dissonance between indoctrination vs. reality becomes more apparent, will we see a cultural shift?

Holding steadfast to beliefs, acting on them, punctuated with intermittent acts of boldness rolling back Obama's legacy and cultural Marxism in general over eight years should cause a fair portion to jump ship and move back into the ranks of Western Civilization. All it takes is courage.[3]

Atheist shellshock

At the present time, atheists rarely comment on the talk page of Conservapedia's atheism article. The article now has sufficient depth and breadth to cause a catastrophic failure to their militant atheism. In terms of network theory, catastrophic failure "is a complete, sudden, often unexpected breakdown in a machine, electronic system, computer or network."[4] The popular Christian YouTube channel, PNN News and Ministry Network. indicates that Conservapedia's atheism article thoroughly dispels the falsehoods of atheism.[5]

Dr. Greg Bahnsen became known as "the man atheists fear most" due to Michael Martin's cancellation of their scheduled debate.[6]

Atheist shellshock can occur to atheists who have had their atheism challenged. John Frame wrote regarding the Greg Bahnsen vs. Gordon Stein debate in which Dr. Greg Bahnsen used the transcendental argument for the existence of God that "In the end, Stein walked and talked like a broken man."[7] See also: Atheism debates and Essay: Christianity and its margin of victory over atheism

In June 2012, the UK based Dorset Humanists wrote:

There’s been a forceful backlash against the ‘new atheism’ of writers like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, inspiring a new wave of Christian apologists. This group includes: Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology at King’s College London, Keith Ward, former Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

Many atheists make the mistake of assuming religion is wholly irrational, relying on faith alone but, in a series of interviews recorded for DVD, the apologetics heavyweights from the list above demonstrate their ability to challenge us with reasoned arguments.[8]

Given the myriad of strong evidences for the existence of God and the lack of evidence and sound reasoning for atheism/agnosticism, it is not unusual for atheists/agnostics to report that they waver in their purported disbelief/unbelief (see: Atheists doubting the validity of atheism).

Atheism and its retention rate in individuals

See also: Atheism and its retention rate in individuals
In 2012, a Georgetown University study was published indicating that about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household in the United States remain atheists as adults.[9]

In 2012, a Georgetown University study was published indicating that in the United States only about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household remain atheists as adults.[10] According to Dr. Mark Gray, "of those raised as atheists, 30% are now affiliated with a Protestant denomination, 10% are Catholic, 2% are Jewish, 1% are Mormon, and 1% are Pagan."[11] See also: Atheism and children and Desecularization and aging populations

According to recent research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in the United States, a majority of those surveyed who were raised in atheist or agnostic households, or where there was no specific religious attachment, later chose to join a religious faith.[12][13] A notable example of a person raised in an atheistic household who later became a Christian is William J. Murray. Mr. Murray is the son of the late atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair who founded the organization American Atheists. In 1982, William J. Murray founded the Religious Freedom Coalition.

In addition, in atheistic Communist China, Christianity is experiencing explosive growth.[14][15] On July 3, 2005, the New York Times reported concerning many countries in the former Soviet Union: "A return to religion in Romania and the region's other formerly Communist countries has in many places outrun the speed at which the church can screen and train clergy..."[16]

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