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2021 is the WORST year in the history of atheism.

2020 was a HORRIBLE year for atheism and now this!

See also: 2020 was a very bad year for atheism. VERY, VERY BAD. HORRIBLE

Why 2021 is the WORST year in the history of atheism

In 2021, worldwide Google searches for the search "atheist" decreased. Historically, pandemics increase religiosity

See also: Google trends - Atheism and agnosticism terms

According to Google trends, 2021 saw a drop in the times the world did Google searches for the word "atheist".[1] So far, it's a 17 year low for the times people Google the word "atheist" in a year. See also: Google trends - Atheism and agnosticism terms

Historically, religiosity increases during pandemics. Nearly three-in-ten U.S. adults say the outbreak has boosted their faith; about four-in-ten say it has tightened family bonds.[2]

2021 saw a drop in the times the world did Google searches for the word atheism according to Google trends.[3]. So far, it's a 17 year low for the times people Google the word "atheist" in a year. See also: Google trends - Atheism and agnosticism terms

In January 2004, according to Google Trends, the Google search "atheist" had a score of 43 out of 100. On December 23, 2021, according to Google Trends, the Google search "atheist" had a score of 30 out of 100. The Google search atheist is probably the most popular atheism related Google search.

In January 2021, according to Google Trends, the Google search "atheist" had a score of 40 out of 100. On December 23, 2021, according to Google Trends, the Google search "atheist" had a score of 30 out of 100. So that is a 10 point drop in 2021. Pandemics and crises have a history of causing people to be more religious.[4]

Contrastly, In January 2004, according to Google Trends, the Google search "Jesus" had a score of 57 out of 100. On December 23, 2021, according to Google Trends, the Google search "Jesus" had a score of 60 out of 100. The Google search Jesus is probably the most popular Christianity related Google search.

In 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States appears really eager to force taxpayers to fund religious education

MSN news feed: The Supreme Court of the United States Hears Oral Arguments On Religious Discrimination Regarding School Choice.

The liberal/leftist leading Vox.com admits: The Supreme Court of the United States appears really eager to force taxpayers to fund religious education."[5] Soon the religion of secular humanism will not have such an outsized influence on education in America. See also: Atheism is a religion

Slate.com published an article entitled: "The Supreme Court’s New Religious Liberty Case Could Destroy Public Education".[6]

A wave of public vouchers to private religious schools is drawing near. See also: Religion and education

For more information, please see: Atheist indoctrination and Evolutionary indoctrination

Slate.com published an article entitled: "The Supreme Court’s New Religious Liberty Case Could Destroy Public Education".[7]

"For it is written: 'I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE WHO HAVE UNDERSTANDING, I WILL CONFOUND.' Where is the wise person? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (1 Corinthians 1:19)

A wave of public vouchers to private religious schools is drawing near. See also: Religion and education

For more information, please see: Atheist indoctrination and Evolutionary indoctrination and Religion and education
The Bible teaches, "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6 NASB).

China and 2021

See also: Future of atheism in China and Atheism and China and Collapse of atheism in the former Soviet Union

Map of East Asia.

The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia among whites.[8] See: Global atheism and Atheist population and Asian atheism and Atheism and China

China has the world's largest atheist population and practices state atheism. China has one of the highest rates of atheism in the world. The most secular nations in the world are those of East Asia. It is likely therefore that the majority of the world’s atheists are East Asian. There are signs that just like state atheism collapsed in the former Soviet Union, state atheism will collapse in China. See also: Future of atheism in China and Collapse of atheism in the former Soviet Union

The current signs that China's real estate bubble will soon burst is one of the indications that atheist controlled Chinese Communist Party is on its way out or at the very least will have far less influence on its citizens in the next 25 years.

At the present time, China is faced with: a real estate bubble, an energy crisis, food shortages, and a Covid-19 outbreak.[9][10][11]

Given that most atheists in the world are East Asians, 2021 is the WORST year in the history of atheism! See: Future of atheism in China

A Chinese city apologized after an employee beat a dog to death when the owner was in COVID-19 quarantine

See also: Atheism and the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic and Atheism and animal abuse and Atheists and dog meat eating

Each year thousands of dogs are stolen in China and as many as 20 million dogs are killed in China to satisfy the dog meat industry.[12]

According to ABC News, gruesome techniques are used in Chinese dog slaughterhouses.[13]

China has the world's largest atheist population.[14] It also has state atheism (See: China and atheism).

Most atheists in the world are East Asian (see: Asian atheism).

For more information, please see: Atheists and dog meat eating and Atheism and animal abuse

Popular blogging platform makes editorial changes in 2021 unfavorable to atheists. Patheos nonbelief blogging channel sees an exodus of atheists/agnostics subsequent to its 2022 editorial policy of not allowing atheists/agnostics to criticize religion

The Religion News Service reported:

Visitors to Patheos, the multifaith media platform that hosts commentary from writers in many of the world’s religions, may have noticed some changes lately.

Its nonreligious channel has become an empty hulk, bereft of most of the familiar names that once occupied the space, including its most popular blogger, Hemant Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist.”

Mehta and 14 other nonreligious bloggers, along with the channel manager, have decamped to a new site, OnlySky Media, set to launch later this month...

Efforts to reach Patheos’ management team were unsuccessful, but the departing bloggers and their channel manager, Dale McGowan, said that about a year ago, Patheos decided to change its editorial direction. Bloggers were advised they could stay at Patheos so long as they stopped writing negative or critical posts on religion or politics and instead focused on how to live a good life within their own worldview.[15]

Secular Europe and 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is being blamed for the falling birth rates across much of secular Europe.[16] In March of 2021, it was reported the more Europeans were dying from Covid-19 than last year.[17]

Europe is dying both numerically and culturally (More people in Europe are dying than are being born).[18][19][20] The United Nations has said the number of people in the European Union bloc will drop to 365 million by 2100, down from 446 million today. But a 2020 study, published in the medical journal The Lancet, predicts it will fall more sharply, to 308 million by the end of the century.[21]

Since secular Europe has the second largest atheist population in the world, 2021 is the WORST year in the history of atheism.

2020 was also a very BAD year for atheism (see: 2020 was a very bad year for atheism. VERY, VERY BAD. HORRIBLE).

Professor Eric Kaufmann, who teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London, specializes in the academic area of how demographic changes affect religion/irreligion and politics. Kaufmann is an agnostic.

On December 23, 2012, Kaufmann 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.[22] [23]

October 23, 2021: The day the atheism movement roadkill was scraped off the information superhighway and put in a grave

RationalWiki (RW) is a politically left leaning website that skews towards atheism/agnosticism in terms of its worldview.

On October 23, 2021, RationalWiki fell below the top 100,000 most popular websites on the worldwide web according to web traffic tracking company Alexa. Specifically, on October 23, 2021, RationalWiki was ranked the 100,814th most popular website in the world.

On October 23, 2021, RationalWiki's website indicates: "Also since 2013, RW's Alexa rank (a measure accurate only in a broad sense) has hovered between 15,000th and 25,000th most popular website on the entire Internet...".[24] One again, atheists engage in deceit! See: Atheism and deception

However, on October 23, 2021, RationalWiki did correctly point out that RationalWiki was more popular than skeptic websites such as Freethought Blogs and Skeptoid which currently rank the 111,152th and 468,630th most popular websites in the world by Alexa.[25]

October 23, 2021 is the day that the atheist movement was buried on the information superhighway. See also: Decline of the atheist movement and Decline of the secular left
On November 26, 2021, the web traffic tracking company Alexa ranked RationalWiki the 110,759th most popular website in the world. As can be seen above, in 2021 RationalWiki experienced a dramatic fall in terms of its global popularity.

In 2021, RationalWiki lost a lot of Google referral traffic

The Google search engine has a number of quality indicators in terms of how it ranks websites for various words/phrases.

As you can see in the above graph, Google has downgraded its estimation of RationalWiki in terms of the quality of its website and RationalWiki is getting less Google traffic (Please click the graphic above to enlarge it).
Accordimg to SEMRush.com, RationalWiki received about 185,000 monthly referral visits from Google desktop computer users in December as of December 27, 2021 and the monthly web visitors saw about a 5.8% loss.

Key point: If you click on the graphic below, you will see that RationalWiki was receiving 300,000+ monthly referral visits from Google desktop computer users in April 2021. So RationalWiki lost a large amount of its Google referral traffic in 2021. Specifically, RationalWiki lost 115,000 Google monthly referral visits from Google desktop computer users from April 2021 to December 2021.
RationalWiki lost a massive amount of Google referral traffic in 2019/2020 (Please click graphic above to enlarge it).

In 2021, there was a drop in Google searches for the term "RationalWiki"

In the beginning portion of 2021, RationalWiki had a score of 37 out of 100 at Google Trends for the number of searches for "RationalWiki". In the latter part of December, RationalWiki had a score of 20 out of 100 at Google Trends for the number of searches for "RationalWiki".

In 2021, the atheist Kyle Kulinksi fell deeper and deeper into obscurity

The secular leftist Kyle Kulinski fell deeper and deeper into obscurity in 2021 as can be seen via this link: Kyle Kulinski - Google trends.

2020 was a very bad year for atheism. VERY, VERY BAD. HORRIBLE

The future of Christianity is very bright. On behalf of all Christendom, I declare victory! Olé! Olé! Olé!

See also: Future of Christianity

The prominent historian Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, indicates that he believes Christianity faces a "bright future" worldwide (See also: Global Christianity).

According to MacCulloch, "Christianity, the world's largest religion, is rapidly expanding – by all indications, its future is very bright."[26]

The prominent historian Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, indicates that he believes Christianity faces a "bright future" worldwide (See also: Global Christianity).

According to MacCulloch, "Christianity, the world's largest religion, is rapidly expanding – by all indications, its future is very bright."[27]

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.[28][29]

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.[30]

As much as I hate to say it, on behalf of all Christendom, I declare victory! Olé! Olé! Olé!

Religion and its projected increase in the 22nd century

See also: Religion and its projected increase in the 22nd century

In 2012, the W. Edwards Deming Institute published a report by the World Future Society which indicated:

In 2100, however, the world will likely be only 9% unaffiliated — more religious than in 2012. The peak of the unaffiliated was in 1970 at around 20%, largely due to the influence of European communism. Since communism’s collapse, religion has been experiencing resurgence that will likely continue beyond 2100. All the world’s religions are poised to have enormous numeric growth (with the exceptions of tribal religions and Chinese folk religion), as well as geographic spread with the continuation of migration trends. Adherents of the world’s religions—perhaps particularly Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists—will continue to settle in the formerly Christian and ever-expanding cities of Europe and North America, causing increases of religious pluralism in these areas. Christians and Muslims together will encompass two-thirds of the global population—more than 7 billion individuals. In 2100, the majority of the world’s 11.6 billion residents will be adherents of religious traditions.[31]

Pew Research indicates: "By 2055 to 2060, just 9% of all babies will be born to religiously unaffiliated women, while more than seven-in-ten will be born to either Muslims (36%) or Christians (35%)."[32]

In 2011, Eric Kaufmann 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.[33]

See also: Atheism and fertility rates and Acceleration of 21st century desecularization

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 it was projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020.[34] See: Global atheism statistics

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  1. Google trends - atheist
  2. More Americans Than People in Other Advanced Economies Say COVID-19 Has Strengthened Religious Faith, Pew Forum
  3. Google trends- atheist
  4. Do people become more religious in times of crisis?, TheConversation.com
  5. The Supreme Court appears really eager to force taxpayers to fund religious education, Vox.com, 2021
  6. The Supreme Court’s New Religious Liberty Case Could Destroy Public Education, Slate.com, 2021
  7. The Supreme Court’s New Religious Liberty Case Could Destroy Public Education, Slate.com, 2021
  8. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
  9. Carriers Won't Solve China's Energy Crisis, Taiwan Premier Says, Newsweek, 2021
  10. China is urging families to stock up on food as supply challenges multiply
  11. China fights biggest Delta outbreak as Covid-19 cases grow in northeastern city of Dalian
  12. The Chinese Government Must Stop Pet Dogs Being Stolen For Meat by JERRY GADIANO, Unilad website
  13. Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality, ABC News, YouTube
  14. *Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)*A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
  15. What happened to the nonbelief channel at Patheos?
  16. Europe, US births slump amid pandemic: UN, The West Australian
  17. More Europeans Dying from COVID Now Than Last Year, WHO Says
  18. Is Europe dying?, Healthcare in Europe, 2016
  19. Europe Is Dying, New Book Warns, And The Consequences Could Be Dire For The West, The Federalist, 2018
  20. Europe Is Dying, The American Conservative, 2018
  21. New study forecasts the EU's population will plummet by millions more than expected, Euronews, 2020
  22. London: A Rising Island of Religion in a Secular Sea by Eric Kaufmann, Huffington Post, 2012
  23. 97% of the world's population growth is taking place in the developing world, where 95% of people are religious, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  24. RationalWiki article at RationalWki
  25. RationalWiki article at RationalWki
  26. Historian predicts 'bright future' for Christianity
  27. Historian predicts 'bright future' for Christianity
  28. Globally the worldviews of atheism and non-religious (agnostic) are declining while global Christianity is exploding in adherents
  29. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Status of Global Missions
  30. How Christianity is Growing Around the World by Chuck Colson
  31. The 22nd Century at First Light: Envisioning Life in the Year 2100: A special report by members and friends of the World Future Society, Religious Belief in 2100 by Gina A. Bellofatto
  32. The Changing Global Religious Landscape, Pew Research 2017
  33. 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)
  34. Global Study: Atheists in Decline, Only 1.8% of World Population by 2020