Internet evangelism: Christians vs. atheists
The Christian internet evangelism organization Global Media Outreach indicated that as of September 2019 over 1,900,000,000 "gospel visits" have occured via their websites. Global Media Outreach works with many Christians around the world (see: Global Christianity).
The Christian internet evangelism] organization Network211 indicates that as of September 2019, over 37,000,000 web visits have occured on their websites. Network211 works with many Christians/churches throughout the world.
The Christian Post states:
|“|| Online evangelism is producing real disciples for Christ, according to a recent study.
Over half of those who made a decision for Jesus over the Internet have subsequently shared their faith with others, Global Media Outreach's study reveals.
Additionally, 34 percent read their Bibles daily and nearly half pray for at least 10 minutes a day...
The study, called the Christian Growth Index, measured the responses of more than 100,000 people from around the world...
Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said they shared their faith three times or more and 37 percent said they shared their faith at least once or twice.
Global Media Outreach is a global ministry that presents the Gospel online through websites such as WhoisJesus-Really.com and GrowinginChrist.com. There are more than 5,500 trained online missionaries worldwide who respond to questions asked by seekers through emails.
See also: Internet atheism
- 1 Google trends research suggesting that internet atheism preaches to the atheist choir and is not effective at atheist evangelism
- 2 Poor international cooperation among atheists
- 3 Google trends graphs: Search of atheism/agnosticism related terms
- 3.1 2019 Google trends graphs for the terms: Atheism, atheist, Richard Dawkins, agnostic and agnosticism
- 3.2 2019 Google trends world graphs
- 3.3 Post sexual harassment allegations against Lawrence Krauss and David Silverman, searches for atheism related topics have dropped markedly
- 4 Frethoughtblogs
- 5 Notes
Google trends research suggesting that internet atheism preaches to the atheist choir and is not effective at atheist evangelism
The abstract for the journal article Who is Not Afraid of Richard Dawkins? Using Google Trends to Assess the Reach of Influential Atheists across Canadian Secular Groups published in the journal Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses indicates:
|“||Google Trends data on search volumes of high profile atheist public figures are used to assess their relative reach among different types of seculars in Canada. The user query data mined from Google Trends are complemented with an extensive set of information extracted from the Canadian General Social Surveys of 2005 to 2016. The analysis shows that the reach of high profile atheists is positively correlated with the presence of strictly-seculars, a proxy for the atheists. The investigation produces no statistically significant correlation between the presence of other types of seculars, namely the unchurched believers and the nominal affiliates, and the search volumes for high profile atheists. This exploratory finding suggests that the influential atheists likely “preach to the choir,” catering to like-minded individuals, at the exclusion of those with relatively close but differing views on religion and spirituality.||”|
Poor international cooperation among atheists
No atheist organizations with very strong web presences that are working with atheists and atheist organizations around the world
In recent years, international cooperation among atheists has been low (see: Atheism and international cooperation among atheists). There are no atheist organizations with very strong web presences that are working with atheists and atheist organizations around the world.
2019 Google trends graphs for the terms: Atheism, atheist, Richard Dawkins, agnostic and agnosticism
2019 Google trends world graphs
2019 Google trends USA graphs
Web traffic of Freethought Blogs dramatically declines from June 2019 to September 2019
Web traffic of Freethought Blogs: July 2015 to March 2019
- Global Media Outreach - Impact
- Network211 - visits
- Study Reveals Internet Evangelism Is Effective, Christian Post
- Billy Graham Association - Internet evangelism
- Who is Not Afraid of Richard Dawkins? Using Google Trends to Assess the Reach of Influential Atheists across Canadian Secular Groups by Maryam Dilmaghani, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, First Published December 13, 2019 Research Article https://doi.org/10.1177/0008429819854353