Essay: Conservapedia triumphs over atheist/agnostic wiki
On November 21, 2006, Conservapedia was launched. On February 22, 2007, the User: Conservative account was created and the editors of that account subsequently created a significant amount of content related to atheism.
In 2007, an atheist/agnostic wiki claiming to be chock-full of rational content was launched in response to Conservapedia.
How successful was this atheist/agnostic wiki?
1. Conservapedia's atheism content continues to rack up hundreds of thousands of page views. And it's flagship atheism article has easily surpassed 1,000,000 page views and may well have received millions of page views. And an agnostic member of the atheist/agnostic wiki admitted that the User: Conservative account sometimes makes good points (See: Essay: British agnostic acknowledges the reasonableness of a User: Conservative editor).
The PNN News and Ministry Network produced a video entitled Viral article deals major blow to atheism. The Freedom From Atheism Foundation has featured several Conservapedia atheism articles on their Facebook page. Vox Day, author of the the book The Irrational Atheist, features a link to the Conservapedia atheism article on his main blog in its blog roll.
It is time the editors of the atheist/agnostic wiki face facts and admit their railings against Conservapedia's atheism content have been totally ineffective.
2. University of Minnesota survey data collected in 2014 shows that, compared to data collected in 2003, Americans have sharpened their negative views of atheists (see: Views on atheists). Conservapedia gets a significant amount of its traffic from Americans. According to Alexa, 59.8% of Conservapedia's web traffic comes from the United States.
"I've slowly started to understand why American atheists look so frustrated and angry all the time from a European point of view...". - YouTuber Elod Marton commenting on Conservapedia in December of 2018
3. In terms of the world as a whole, concerning distrust of atheists sociological research indicates that atheists are widely distrusted in both religious cultures and nonreligious cultures. According to a study published in the International Journal for The Psychology of Religion: "anti-atheist prejudice is not confined either to dominantly religious countries or to religious individuals, but rather appears to be a robust judgment about atheists." The study found that many atheists do not trust other atheists as well.
5. In terms of global market share, atheists are declining as a percentage of the world's population and the atheist population may be losing adherents in terms of total numbers of atheists now too (see: Global atheism statistics and Desecularization).
6. On February 8, 2019, an editor of the atheist/agnostic wiki who goes by the username Ace McWicked wrote concerning the User: Conservative account: "Accuse your opponents of every moral failing from being obese, being a necrophiliac or a bestiality fiend and lose all respect by being unwilling or too incompetent to actually build and argue an actual position."
Consider: 1) Ace McWicked and the other editors of the atheist/agnostic wiki have yet to point out a single factual error in any of User: Conservative's well sourced atheism articles - some of which pointed out the moral failings of atheists, atheist populations and the atheist population as a whole. 2) The Cambridge Dictionary consider an opponent "a person you are competing against". The atheist movement has been collapsing since the 2011 Elevatorgate controversy and now it is effectively dead. The world's atheist population has been declining in terms of it global market share since 1970 (see: Global atheism). Atheists could hardly be called competitors to Christians given how far back they are in rear view mirror, the bleak future of atheist activism and Christianity's very bright future (see: Future of Christianity). 3) The User: Conservative account has provided a wealth of information related to the Atheism vs. Christianity issue.
"Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory." - Sun Tzu
7. The atheist/wiki morphed into a feminist, social justice warrior (SJW), progressive, atheist/agnostic wiki. SJW atheists have been very divisive among the Western atheists population and many blame them for the deep schisms that have developed within the Western atheist population (see: Atheist factions) which lead to the death/decline of the atheist movement (see: Decline of the atheist movement). The atheist PZ Myers said about the current rifts in the atheist movement: "So deep and wide we’ve separated into two continents."
In 2017, atheist David Smalley has indicated that leftist/progressive atheists were "killing the atheist movement" through being contentious and divisive (see also: Atheist factions). Smalley indicated that the atheist movement was disintegrating.
|“||But none of this is going to happen now because the event has just been canceled. The reasons why are complicated, but it started out difficult enough. The atheist community has splintered into a million shards in recent years. There are the atheist feminists and the atheist anti-feminists, the social justice warrior atheists and the anti-social justice warrior atheists. The pro-PC atheists and the anti-PC atheists. There are pro-Trump atheists and anti pro-Trump atheists. Atheists are split over gamergate, elevatorgate, whether we should organize, or whether we should even call ourselves atheists at all. The divisions go on and on.||”|
The Journal of Contemporary Religion says about schisms within atheism: "The persistence of internal schisms and regular outbreaks of in-fighting within the atheist movement also ensure that much energy is effectively wasted on parochial concerns and further undermine attempts to establish a genuine sense of group cohesion."
- 1 Feminist atheism, fertility rates and the fertility rates of the religious
- 2 A few of the book reviews of the book which cited Conservapedia's articles on atheism
- 3 Quote of an atheist/agnostic gentleman at an atheist/agnostic wiki
- 4 Trent Toulouse: Leadership is by example
- 5 Atheist special forces
- 6 See also
- 7 Victory song
- 8 References
Feminist atheism, fertility rates and the fertility rates of the religious
The atheist/agnostic wiki that Conservapedia spawned is a pro-feminism wiki (see: Atheist feminism). Most atheists are men (see: Atheism and women). There is a lot of sexism within the atheist population (see: Atheism and sexism).
Atheists have a sub-replacement levels of fertility which is going to have increasing affects in terms of lowering the percentage of atheists in the world population and and in various geographic regions (including the developed world), see: Atheism and fertility rates.
Next, please read this article: Low Birth Rates Parallel Not Just The Economy, But Also Waves Of Feminism
National Public Radio (NPR) declared in an article entitled The Rise in Feminism and Its Impact on Population Growth:
|“||Rubenstein wraps up his study with the statement: “Three generations of U.S. mothers –suffragettes, Baby-boomers and Me-too millennials – are profiled in this paper. While the policy issues differ, the overarching goals of each generation are similar: these women want empowerment. They want the power to control their fertility, the power to raise healthy children, and the power to compete with men in the labor market. Population reduction is never their explicit goal, yet with each of these feminist waves fertility rates declined amidst a strong economy.”||”|
Eric Kaufmann teaches at Birbeck College, University of London and he specializes in how demographic changes affect the realms of religion/irreligion and politics. Kaufmann wrote about the problem of sub-fertility in the developed world in his book Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility. Kaufmann is an agnostic.
On December 23, 2012, Kaufmann wrote about the subject of global desecularization:
|“|| 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. 
At a conference Kaufmann said of religious demographic projections concerning the 21st century:
|“|| Part of the reason I think demography is very important, at least if we are going to speak about the future, is that it is the most predictable of the social sciences.
...if you look at a population and its age structure now. You can tell a lot about the future. ...So by looking at the relative age structure of different populations you can already say a lot about the future...
Kaufman wrote in his academic paper Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century
|“||Today, values play a more important role in fertility behaviour, throwing the contrast between religious pronatalism and secular low-fertility individualism into relief. Over several generations, this process can lead to significant social and political changes. Early Christianity’s exponential rise during its gestation period from 30 to 300 A.D. has been traced to its superior demography (fertility, mortality and female sex ratio), which maintained a rate of growth similar to contemporary Mormonism: 40 percent per decade. For Christians, this led to a jump from 40 converts to 6 million inside three centuries. (Stark 1996) Christianity became the religion of an empire and a continent. In the United States, conservative sects increased their share of white Protestantism from roughly a third to two-thirds during the twentieth century – largely on the back of higher fertility. On the other hand, sects like the Shakers and Cathars, which permitted entry only through conversion, rapidly faded from the scene. Demographic religious revival is a medium and long-term phenomenon, but awareness of shifting population composition can lead to political soul-searching and instability well before the full impact of demographic change takes place. This is clear in ethnically-tense societies like Israel, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Lebanon, Cote D’Ivoire or Assam.||”|
In April 2010, Kaufmann declared "the rate of secularisation has flattened to zero in most of Protestant Europe and France." Kaufmann also declared that secularism "appears exhausted and lacking in confidence". In 2017, the secularization rate in Britain reached zero (see: British atheism). On December 2018, The Times indicated: "The number of atheists in Britain has fallen in the past year, according to a survey suggesting that more people are attending church, albeit irregularly." See also: Desecularization
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." 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." See also: Atheism and sexuality
In 2012, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) reported that every day there are 83,000 more people professing to be Christians per day, 800 less atheists per day, 1,100 less non-religious (agnostic) people per day.
Phillip Jenkins published the book The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity.
Chuck Colson, citing the work of Jenkins, writes:
|“|| As Penn State professor Philip Jenkins writes in The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, predictions like Huntingtons betray an ignorance of the explosive growth of Christianity outside of the West.
For instance, in 1900, there were approximately 10 million Christians in Africa. By 2000, there were 360 million. By 2025, conservative estimates see that number rising to 633 million. Those same estimates put the number of Christians in Latin America in 2025 at 640 million and in Asia at 460 million.
According to Jenkins, the percentage of the worlds population that is, at least by name, Christian will be roughly the same in 2050 as it was in 1900. By the middle of this century, there will be three billion Christians in the world -- one and a half times the number of Muslims. In fact, by 2050 there will be nearly as many Pentecostal Christians in the world as there are Muslims today.
The American sociologist and author Peter L. Berger introduced the concept of desecularization in 1999. According to Berger, "One can say with some confidence that modern Pentecostalism must be the fastest growing religion in human history." See also: Growth of pentecostalism and Growth of religious fundamentalism
The atheist author and advocate David Madison, PhD wrote in March of 2019: "I remain haunted—and terrified—by what I read on a Christian website, not long after the turn of this century: that by 2025, there will be one billion (yes, that’s with a “b”) Pentecostals in the world."
A few of the book reviews of the book which cited Conservapedia's articles on atheism
Book reviews of Atheist Persona: Causes and Consequences by author John J. Pasquini (A book which cited articles on atheism which the User: Conservative account created at Conservapedia):
|“|| Fr. Pasquini’s book is a masterpiece. Fr. Pasquini scrutinizes atheism’s claims to enlightenment and rationality, pointing out that atheism is often a pathological response to personal tragedy, and, not uncommonly, is a cause of personal tragedy. His dissection of practical atheism is particularly salient. (Michael Egnor, MD, professor and vice-chairman of Neurosurgery, State University of New York at Stony Brook)
Atheist Persona is an outstanding treatment of the many varied factors contributing to the rise of atheism in Western society. Highly recommended. (Paul C. Vitz, PhD, professor/senior scholar, Institute for the Psychological Sciences, author of Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism)
Fr. Pasquini’s book is a powerful yet simple volume that leads the reader to an informed and comprehensive understanding of the threat that atheism presents. (Wayne L. Creelman, MD, McCabe Clinical Eminent Scholar and professor of psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine)
Exhibiting a deep and wide acquaintance with the many errors in thinking of our modern age, Fr. Pasquini offers an impassioned and well-reasoned analysis of atheism. (G. Alexander Ross, PhD, Institute of Psychological Studies (IPS), sociologist, professor emeritus)
One of the most frequent claims of atheists is that modern science shows a world without purpose. In fact, the opposite is true. . . . In Atheist Persona, Fr. Pasquini thoroughly knocks down this disingenuous argument from science and many more. (Michael J. Behe, PhD, professor of biological sciences, Lehigh University, creator of the irreducible complexity theory, author of Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution)
A reminder to certain atheist/agnostic gentlemen at an atheist/agnostic wiki
Gentlemen of the atheist/agnostic wiki, I shall continue to largely bypass your wiki. Will editors of your wiki continue to edit Conservapedia via vandalism and poor content (Only to have your edits quickly reverted)?
Gentlemen, as much as you hate to admit it, I have largely bypassed you, but you have not bypassed me! You know my material is factually correct and well-sourced. Keep up the fight that you are losing! But don't expect to be cited by authors.
Quote of an atheist/agnostic gentleman at an atheist/agnostic wiki
Quote of an atheist/agnostic editor at a self-proclaimed rational website: [User: Conservative] has "had plenty of opportunity to genuinely show repentance and stop churning out.. [content]."
Have you not forgot that I am the one who is the Bible believing Christian? Gentlemen, I already repented. You cannot become a Christian without repentance.
A 2012 study by the General Social Survey of the social science research organization NORC at the University of Chicago found that belief in God rises with age, even in atheistic nations. The Pew Forum reports about American atheists: "Among self-identified atheists and agnostics, the median age is 34, and roughly four-in-ten adults in these categories are between the ages of 18 and 29." See also: Atheism and immaturity.
Trent Toulouse: Leadership is by example
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines biology as "a branch of knowledge that deals with organisms and vital processes." Although the creation vs. evolution issue touches upon a number of scientific fields outside of biology (for example, the field of paleoanthropology), biology is a key scientific field relating to this issue.
As far as the maintenance of personal health, one of the most basic vital processes related to human biology is eating and it is important that it is done in a healthy manner (see: Nutrition and Health risks linked to obesity).
Pictures of an overweight Trent Toulouse can be found HERE.
Trent's "rational" atheist/agnostic wiki literally doesn't have a prayer of resurrecting the effectively dead atheist movement. With that being said, Trent and his fellow editors of that "rational" wiki could potentially have their embarrassing defeat against Conservapedia be made a little smaller if Trent finally used exercise science, nutritional science and medical science to lose some of his excess weight.
Trent, don't you want your wiki to be a city on a hill showing a world filled with overweight people how to finally lose their excess weight? Leadership is by example. Trent, it is time you looked less like Trent Toulouse and more like the fit and trim Andrew Schlafly.
Atheist special forces
See also: Atheist special forces
- Winnaman - Lester Lewis & Singing Rose Ministry
- Study: Atheists distrusted as much as rapists
- Atheists Widely Distrusted, Even Among Themselves, UK Study Finds, Christian Post, 2015
- Anti-atheist distrust ‘deeply and culturally ingrained’, study finds, The Independent, 2015
- Edgell, Gerteis & Hartmann 2006
- The “Atheism Movement:” Dead or Alive?, Freethought Blogs
- Atheist activist Seth Andrews keeps seeing reports on social media and the media that the atheist movement is dying, Examining Atheism
- Atheist Aron Ra indicates the atheist movement is dead. Now that that Aron Ra has surrendered...., Examining Atheism
- The Day the Atheist Movement Died by Jack Vance at Atheist Revolution
- Jennifer McCreight on Twitter about the Elevatorgate scandal destroying the atheist movement, Jen McCreight, Twitter
- Opponent - Cambridge dictionary
- Get Out! A message for the atheist movement by PZ Myers
- Reasonably Controversial: How the Regressive Left Is Killing the Atheist Movement by David Smalley
- Reasonably Controversial: How the Regressive Left Is Killing the Atheist Movement by David Smalley
- The Atheist Conference is Dead
- Divided We Stand: The Politics of the Atheist Movement in the United States by Steven KettellJournal of Contemporary Religion, Volume 29, Issue 3, 2014
- "Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns" (PDF)
- "Are Czechs the least religious of all? | Dana Hamplova | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk".
- The Rise in Feminism and Its Impact on Population Growth, National Public Radio (NPR)
- Whither the Child? Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility, University of Virginia, Department of Sociology
- 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
- Bekiempis, Victoria (Summer 2011). "Why the New Atheism is a boys' club". Bitch Magazine, no. 51. Retrieved from September 26, 2011 edition of The Guardian/CommentaryIsFree.
- Eric Kaufmann - Religion, Demography and Politics in the 21st Century
- Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann, Belfer Center, Harvard University/Birkbeck College, University of London (PDF)
- Shall the religious inherit the earth? by Eric Kaufmann
- Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann, Belfer Center, Harvard University/Birkbeck College, University of London
- Atheism is down as UK gets spiritual, The Times, December 2018
- Historian predicts 'bright future' for Christianity
- Atheist: A dying breed as nature favours faithful
- Globally the worldviews of atheism and non-religious (agnostic) are declining while global Christianity is exploding in adherents
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Status of Global Missions
- How Christianity is Growing Around the World by Chuck Colson
- Journal of Church and State, Desecularization: A Conceptual Framework by Vyacheslav Karpov, 2010
- Peter L. Berger, “The Desecularization of the World: A Global Overview,” in The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics, ed. Peter L. Berger (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999)
- Pentecostalism – Protestant Ethic or Cargo Cult?, Peter Berger, July 29, 2010
- Atheist author and advocate is absolutely TERRIFIED about the future growth of pentecostal Christianity, Examining Atheism, March 2019
- Atheist Persona: Causes and Consequences by author John J. Pasquini - Amazon web page
- Nazworth, Nap (July 11, 2012). "Study: atheists have lowest 'retention rate' compared to religious groups". christianpost.com.
- Harms, William (April 18, 2012). "Belief in God rises with age, even in atheist nations". UChicagoNews.
- Chapter 3: Demographic Profiles of Religious Groups, Pew Forum
- : A Troll’s Pseudoscience Project?
- RationalMedia Foundation - List of Board Members