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== Protestant missionaries, cooperation and economic/societal development ==
''See also:'' [[Protestant cultural legacies]] and [[Protestant Ethic and the Spirit == Decline of Capitalism]][[File:Niall Ferguson.jpg|thumbnail|150px|right|The atheist and [[Harvard University]] historian [[Niall Ferguson]] declared: "Through a mixture of hard work and thrift transnational organizing among the [[Protestantism|Protestant]] societies of the North and West Atlantic achieved the most rapid economic growth in history."<ref>[http://blog.tifwe.org/the-protestant-work-ethic-alive-well-in-china/ The Protestant Work Ethic: Alive & Well…In China] By Hugh Whelchel on September 24, 2012</ref> ]]There are networks of Protestant Christians who work together to advance Christian [[evangelism]].left ==
For example, Most atheists skew to the [https[leftism|left]] politically (see://visionsynergy.net/about-us/ visionSynergy[[Atheism and politics]] helps Christian organizations work together so they can maximize thier impact by developing and strengthening strategic ministry networks and partnerships in critical areas of world mission[[Secular left]]).
The atheist and In 2019, ''[[Harvard UniversityThe Nation]] historian '' indicated in an article entitled ''[[Niall FergusonNationalism]] declaredIs Global. The Left Is on the Defensive'': "Through {{Cquote|The left has not abandoned transnational organizing. But at a mixture of hard work and thrift time when transnational organizing is needed more than ever to deal with global scourges..., progressives have shifted to the [[Protestantism|Protestant]] societies of defensive—and to the North domestic—as politics has moved rightward globally. “Internationalism is now a problem for the left,” observes Israeli activist and West Atlantic achieved academic Gadi Algazi, “and a reality for the most rapid economic growth in historyright."<ref>[http://blog''Nationalism Is Global.tifwe.org/the-protestant-work-ethic-alive-well-in-china/ The Protestant Work Ethic: Alive & Well…In China] By Hugh Whelchel Left Is on September 24the Defensive''], The Nation, 20122019</ref> }}
The article ''The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist== Communism, Proselytizing Missionaries'' published in ''Christianity Today'' notes:{{Cquote|In his fifth year historical expansion of graduate schoolatheism, Woodberry created a statistical model that could test the connection between missionary work cooperation of communists and the health decline of nations. He and a few research assistants spent two years coding data and refining their methods. They hoped to compute the lasting effect of missionaries, on average, worldwide...secular left ==
One morning, in a windowless, dusty computer lab lit by fluorescent bulbs, Woodberry ran the first big test. After he finished prepping the statistical program on his computer, he clicked "Enter" ''See also:'' [[Atheism and then leaned forward to read the resultscommunism]] and [[militant atheism]].
"I [[Image:Stalin-140508 27880t.jpg|right|230px|thumb|[[Joseph Stalin]], the Premier of the [[Soviet Union]] from 6 May 1941 to 5 March 1953, patronised the [[League of Militant Atheists]], whose chief aim, under the leadership of Yemelyan Yaroslavsky, was shockedto propagate militant [[atheism]] and eradicate [[religion]].<ref name=Hesemann-Strieber>{{cite book|author=Michael Hesemann," says WoodberryWhitley Strieber|title=The Fatima Secret|url=https://books. google.com/books?id=tx-BEpkJBq8C&pg=PT107&dq=Joseph+Stalin+militant+atheism&hl=en&ei=-DeRTpLrJoPi0QHo88wi&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=Joseph%20Stalin%20militant%20atheism&f=false|quote=Lenin's death in 1924 was followed by the rise of Joseph Stalin, "It the man of steel," who founded the "Union of Militant Atheists," whose chief aim was like an atomic bombto spread atheism and eradicate religion. In the following years it devastated hundreds of churches, destroyed old icons and relics, and persecuted the clergy with unimaginable brutality.|publisher=Random House Digital, Inc.|date=2000|accessdate=9 October 2011}}</ref><ref name=Steeves>{{cite book|author=Paul D. Steeves|title=Keeping the faiths: religion and ideology in the Soviet Union|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=l7soAAAAYAAJ&q=%22When+a+priest+is+deprived+of+his+congregation,+that+does+not%22&dq=%22When+a+priest+is+deprived+of+his+congregation,+that+does+not%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_ijVUemwOoXRyQGqkICwBA&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAQ|quote=The impact League of missions on global democracy Militant Atheists was hugeformed in 1926 and by 1930 had recruited three million members. I kept adding variables Five years later there were 50,000 local groups affiliated to the model—factors that people League and the nominal membership had been studying risen to five million. Children from 8-14 years of age were enrolled in Groups of Godless Youth, and writing about the League of Communist Youth (Komsomol) took a vigorous anti- religious line. Several antireligious museums were opened in former churches and a number of Chairs of Atheism were established in Soviet universities. Prizes were offered for the past 40 years—and they all got wiped outbest 'Godless hymns' and for alternative versions of the Bible from which . It .. the leader of the League of Militant Atheists, Yemelian Yaroslavsky, said: "When a priest is deprived of his congregation, that does not mean that he stops being a priest. He changes into an itinerant priest. He travels around with his primitive tools in the villages, performs religious rites, reads prayers, baptizes children. Such wandering priests are at times more dangerous than those who carry on their work at a designated place of residence." The intensified persecution, which was amazinga part of the general terror inflicted upon Soviet society by Stalin's policy, . I knew..|publisher=Holmes & Meier|date=1989|accessdate=4 July 2013}}</ref>]]According to the [[University of Cambridge]], thenhistorically, I the "most notable spread of atheism was on achieved through the success of the 1917 [[Russian Revolution]], which brought the [[Marxism-Leninism|Marxist-Leninists]] to something really importantpower."<ref name="Marxism-Leninism">{{cite web|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130728215151/http://www.investigatingatheism.info/marxism.html|title=Investigating atheism: Marxism|publisher = [[University of Cambridge]]|quote=The most notable spread of atheism was achieved through the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which brought the Marxist-Leninists to power. For the first time in history, atheism thus became the official ideology of a state.|year=2008|accessdate=July 17, 2014}}</ref>
Woodberry already had historical proof that missionaries had educated women and the poor, promoted widespread printing, led nationalist movements that empowered ordinary citizens, and fueled other key elements The most rapid expansion of democracy. Now the statistics were backing it up: Missionaries weren't just part of the picture. They were central atheism was due to it..[[militant atheism]] and [[state atheism]].
Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed todayHistorically, with comparatively better health, lower infant mortality, lower corruption, greater literacy, higher educational attainment state atheism has been extremely repressive (especially for womensee: [[Militant atheism]] and [[Atheism and mass murder]] and [[Atheistic communism and torture]]), and more robust membership in nongovernmental associations.
In short: Want a blossoming democracy today? The solution [[Karl Marx]] said "[[Religion]] is simple—if you have a time machinethe opium of the people".<ref>Marx, Karl. 1976. ''[http: Send a 19th//marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1843/critique-century missionaryhpr/intro.htm Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right]''. Marx-Engels Collected Works, vol. 3. New York.</ref> Marx also stated: "[[Communism]] begins from the outset (Owen) with [[atheism]]; but atheism is at first far from being communism; indeed, that atheism is still mostly an abstraction."<ref>Christianity TodayMarx, Karl. [httpshttp://archivewww.ismarxists.org/cDMnA The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionariesarchive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/comm.htm Private Property and Communism], January 8, 20141844.</ref>}}
=== Contemporary atheism lacks foreign missionaries spreading [[Vladimir Lenin]] similarly wrote regarding [[atheism and communism]]: "A Marxist must be a [[materialism|materialist]], i. e., an enemy of religion, but a dialectical materialist, i. e., one who treats the struggle against religion not in an abstract way, not on the worldbasis of remote, purely theoretical, never varying preaching, but in a concrete way, on the basis of the [[class struggle]] which is going on in practice and is educating the masses more and better than anything else could. No economic"<ref>Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich. [http:/societal development due /www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1909/may/13.htm The Attitude of the Workers' Party to atheist missionaries spreading atheism ===Religion], 1909.</ref>
''See also:'' [[Atheism and economicsFriedrich Engels]] and wrote of atheistic [[Atheism and slothevolution]] ism and Communism: "Just as [[Atheism and apathy]] and [[Atheism and motivationCharles Darwin|Darwin]]discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered law of development of human history."<ref>Engels, Friedrich. "Karl Marx's Funeral", ''Marx-Engels Collected Works'', vol. 24, p. 467.</ref>
Contemporary In 1955, [[China|Chinese]] Communist leader Zhou Enlai declared, "We Communists are atheists lacks foreign missionaries spreading atheism in ".<ref>Noebel, David, The Battle for Truth, Harvest House, 2001.</ref> In 2014, the Communist Party of China reaffirmed that members of their party must be atheists.<ref>*[https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/19567-china-s-communist-party-reaffirms-marxism-maoism-atheism China’s Communist Party Reaffirms Marxism, Maoism, Atheism], ''New American'', 2014*[https://www. There is no economichuffingtonpost.com/societal development in developing countries due to atheist missionaries spreading 2015/02/02/china-communist-party-atheism-zhejiang-ban-religious-members-christianity_n_6599722.html China's Communist Party Bans Believers, Doubles Down On Atheism]</ref> See also: [[China and atheism]]
See alsoIn 2016, the ''International Business Times'' reported:{{cquote|A senior Chinese advisor on religious affairs has said the country should promote atheism throughout society, in remarks that appear to reflect a deepening campaign to reinforce traditional Marxist values in China — and could add to concern about official attitudes among believers in the country’s five officially recognized religions.<ref>[http://www.ibtimes.com/senior-chinese-religious-advisor-calls-promotion-atheism-society-2363850 Senior Chinese Religious Advisor Calls For Promotion Of Atheism In Society], ''International Business Times''</ref>}}
*[[Atheism Soviet atheism]] was expansionary and economicscommunists did cooperate with each other in various countries. Chinese communism has been less expansionary than Soviet communism, but it has aided other communist regimes like [[Vietnam]] and [[North Korea]] which both have state atheism.
*[[Atheism and sloth]]=== Decline of state atheism in the world ===
*''See also:'' [[Atheism and apathyState atheism]]
*The dissolution of the [[Atheism Soviet Union]] on December 26, 1991 was a watershed event in terms of the [[decline of leftism]] and motivationthe decline of the secular left (see also: [[Collapse of atheism in the former Soviet Union]]and [[Central and Eastern Europe and desecularization]]).  In the latter part of the 20th century and presently, state atheism is increasing losing power (see: [[Growth of Christianity in China]] and [[Collapse of atheism in the former Soviet Union]]). On November 1, 2014, an article in ''The Economist'' entitled ''Cracks in the atheist edifice'' declared:{{cquote|Officials are untroubled by the clash between the city’s famously freewheeling capitalism and the [[Communism|Communist]] Party’s ideology, yet still see religion and its symbols as affronts to the party’s atheism... Yang Fenggang of Purdue University, in Indiana, says the Christian church in China has grown by an average of 10% a year since 1980. He reckons that on current trends there will be 250m Christians by around 2030, making China’s Christian population the largest in the world. Mr. Yang says this speed of growth is similar to that seen in fourth-century Rome just before the conversion of [[Constantine]], which paved the way for Christianity to become the religion of his empire.<ref>[https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21629218-rapid-spread-christianity-forcing-official-rethink-religion-cracks ''Cracks in the atheist edifice''], ''The Economist'', November 1, 2014</ref>}} === Decline of the secular left === ''See also:'' [[Decline of the secular left]] In 2019, John Feffer wrote at the [[leftism|left]] leaning''' ''[[The Nation]]'':{{Cquote|In the Americas, the [[Trump]] [[tsunami]] has swept across both continents and the 'pink tide' of [[progressivism]] has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere... In this planet-wide rising tide of [[right-wing populism]], the [[liberal]] left commands only a few disconnected islands — [[Iceland]], [[Mexico]], [[New Zealand]], [[South Korea]], [[Spain]], [[Uruguay]]... Worse, crafty operators with even more ambitious agendas stand ready to destroy the liberal status quo once and for all."<ref>[https://www.thenation.com/article/tom-dispatch-combatting-the-new-right/ Combating the New Right] by John Feffer, ''The Nation'', May 13, 2019</ref>}}  In September 2018, Pew Research indicated: "Due to the decline of the center-left across much of Western Europe and the comparative steadiness of the center-right, most Western European countries are led by center-right parties, as measured by the party of the prime minister or other head of government."<ref>[https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/12/swedish-election-highlights-decline-of-center-left-parties-across-western-europe/ Swedish election highlights decline of center-left parties across Western Europe] by Kyle Taylor</ref> In June 2014,'' Forbes'' reported that it is undeniable that politically right wing parties are ascendant in Europe.<ref>[https://www.forbes.com/sites/stratfor/2014/06/04/europes-deep-right-wing-logic/ Europe's Deep Right-Wing Logic] By Robert D. Kaplan</ref>
== Future of global atheism vs. future of global Christianity ==
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