Essay: Will atheism ever disappear?

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Global atheism is in decline.[1]

Will atheism ever disappear?

Religion and doubt are mainstays of the human condition and until the events of the Book of Revelation unfold, atheism will probably never disappear.

The Daily Mail reported about Britain's influential broadcaster the BBC:

The BBC employs more atheists and non-believers than Christians, an internal ‘diversity’ survey has found.

The new research has been seized on by critics who accuse the Corporation of bias against Christianity and marginalising the faith in its output.

The survey found that just 22.5 per cent of all staff professed to be Christians.[2]

Yet, even the BBC conceded in an article entitled Will Religion Ever Disappear?: "For all of these reasons – psychological, neurological, historical, cultural and logistical – experts guess that religion will probably never go away".[3]

At the same time, none of this prevents atheism from shrinking in terms of its percentage of adherents in the world. In fact, it has been doing so for the last 40 plus years.

On July 24, 2013, CNS News reported:

Atheism is in decline worldwide, with the number of atheists falling from 4.5% of the world’s population in 1970 to 2.0% in 2010 and projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass."[4]

On December 23, 2012, Professor Eric Kaufmann who teaches at Birbeck College, University of London wrote:

I argue that 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious.

On the other hand, the secular West and East Asia has very low fertility and a rapidly aging population... In the coming decades, the developed world's demand for workers to pay its pensions and work in its service sector will soar alongside the booming supply of young people in the third world. Ergo, we can expect significant immigration to the secular West which will import religious revival on the back of ethnic change. In addition, those with religious beliefs tend to have higher birth rates than the secular population, with fundamentalists having far larger families. The epicentre of these trends will be in immigration gateway cities like New York (a third white), Amsterdam (half Dutch), Los Angeles (28% white), and London, 45% white British. [5]

Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."[6]

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Growth of Global Christianity

See also: Global Christianity

Hong Kong Christians at Gateway Camp. In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[7]

(photo obtained from Flickr, see license agreement)

Christianity is the world's largest religion and it has seen tremendous growth over its 2000 year history.[8] Christianity has recently seen explosive growth outside the Western World.[9] In 2000, there were twice as many non-Western Christians as Western Christians.[10] In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western Christians as there were Western World Christians.[11] There are now more non-Western missionaries than Western missionaries.[12]

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.[13][14]

In 2011, the American Spectator declared concerning research published in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research:

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."[15]

Future of Christianity

See: Future of Christianity

Global creationism is growing

evolution darwin theory
Late in Charles Darwin's life, Darwin told the Duke of Argyll that he frequently had overwhelming thoughts that the natural world was the result of design.[16] See also: 15 questions for evolutionists and Causes of evolutionary belief

The growth of global creationism

Global biblical creationism and creationism is growing. See: Global creationism is growing and Global creationism

The future of atheistic Darwinist indoctrination via educational systems

The public schools play a key role in atheist/evolutionary indoctrination (see: Atheist indoctrination).

Debt laden and aging Western World countries will increasingly privatize education as it is more cost effective.[17] Private religious schools will grow in numbers. In addition, homeschooling will increase. Belgium already gives vouchers for education and parents can send their children to private or public schools.[18]

American government run public schools are increasingly facing budget cuts and there is growing criticism of public schools. Vouchers for private schools (including religious schools) and charter schools are increasingly being discussed and legislators are introducing and passing school choice bills.[19] Of course, constrained public school budgets includes constrained school legal budgets so many schools will be less able to engage in frivolous/unwarranted legal suits constraining religious free speech in their schools.

In many countries today, young people graduating from universities/colleges have high unemployment and a significant part of the problem is that higher education is not adequately preparing them to be productive members of society. Unsurprisingly, there appears to be a higher education bubble that will burst.[20] The Wall Street Journal reported in 2013 that the percentage of Americans going to college has been decreasing for 3 years in the USA.[21] Also, college is clearly not delivering the goods in terms of intellectual development for a large percentage of its students. An American study found that forty-five percent of students achieved no significant improvement in their critical thinking, reasoning or writing skills during the first two years of college. After four years, 36 percent displayed no significant increases in these so-called "higher order" thinking skills.[22] Students, particularly those who made poor curriculum choices, are increasingly angry that college does not adequately prepare them for the marketplace and leaves them with a pile of debt.[23]

One of the turning points of WWII was the Battle of the Bulge. The German evolutionary racists could not supply their tanks with fuel which was key factor in their loss of this key battle. Darwinism is a key ideological supply line of atheism.

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Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord

Isaiah 45:23 says, “The Word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow.”

Jim Mastin in his sermon on Romans 14 : 1-12 declared:

I would like to lift out four words in verse 11, “…every knee shall bow.”

Isaiah 45:23 says, “The Word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness and shall not return, that to me every knee shall bow.”

Philippians 2:9-11 reads, “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Not just some knees, but all knees!

Reach down and touch your knee – that knee will one day bow in complete and total submission to Christ or to God.

Saved knees shall bow

Unsaved knees shall bow

Adult knees shall bow

Teen knees shall bow

Children’s knees shall bow

Rich knees shall bow

Poor knees shall bow

Old knees shall bow

Young knees shall bow

Religious knees shall bow

Atheist knees shall bow...[24]

For more information, please see: Christianity and its margin of victory over atheism

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References

  1. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/global-study-atheists-decline-only-18-world-population-2020 Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020]
  2. Christians a minority at 'biased' BBC where staff are more likely to be atheists or non-believers
  3. Will Religion Ever Disappear? By Rachel Nuwer, BBC
  4. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/global-study-atheists-decline-only-18-world-population-2020 Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020]
  5. 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  6. Shall the religious inherit the earth - Festival of Dangerous Ideas - Eric Kaufmann
  7. Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  8. 2000 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN INCREASE
  9. Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  10. Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  11. Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  12. Globally the worldviews of atheism and non-religious (agnostic) are declining while global Christianity is exploding in adherents
  13. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Status of Global Missions
  14. Thriving Christianity
  15. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/teleological-arguments/notes.html
  16. Bill Gates presents data supporting the idea that public schools are facing increasing funding issues. Good news for cost effective creationist private education
  17. John Stossel - Stupid in America, video
  18. College enrollment shows signs of slowing which means less post high school evolutionary indoctrination. Also, the ever shrinking role of tenured evolutionist professors and evolutionary biologists
  19. Study of college education and critical thinking skills
  20. Forbes - Higher education bubble
  21. Every knee shall bow by Jim Mastin