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[[File:Birkbeck College Street View.jpg|right|thumbnail|250px|[[Eric Kaufmann]], a professor at [[Birkbeck College, University of London]], using a a wealth of demographic studies, argues that there will be a significant decline of [[global atheism]] in the 21st century which will impact the [[Western World]].<ref>[http://www.sneps.net/RD/uploads/1-Shall%20the%20Religious%20Inherit%20the%20Earth.pdf 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]</ref><ref>[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/2011/05/eric-kaufmann-shall-religious-inherit.html Eric Kaufmann: Shall The Religious Inherit The Earth?]</ref><ref>[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/search/label/atheist%20demographics Eric Kaufmann's Atheist Demographic series]</ref><ref>[http://fora.tv/2010/09/05/Eric_Kaufmann_Shall_the_Religious_Inherit_the_Earth Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation]</ref>]]  
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[[File:Birkbeck College Street View.jpg|right|thumbnail|250px|[[Eric Kaufmann]], a professor at [[Birkbeck College, University of London]], using a wealth of demographic studies, argues that there will be a significant decline of [[global atheism]] in the 21st century which will impact the [[Western World]].<ref>[http://www.sneps.net/RD/uploads/1-Shall%20the%20Religious%20Inherit%20the%20Earth.pdf 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]</ref><ref>[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/2011/05/eric-kaufmann-shall-religious-inherit.html Eric Kaufmann: Shall The Religious Inherit The Earth?]</ref><ref>[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/search/label/atheist%20demographics Eric Kaufmann's Atheist Demographic series]</ref><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwmgFZsgSo0 Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation]</ref>]]  
The American Christian Todd Strandberg said of [[atheism]]: "The ranks of atheists have always [[Atheist Population|been small]]... The key problem with atheism is that it lacks a strong 'selling point'".<ref>[http://www.raptureready.com/rr-atheism.html Atheism: The cult of death]</ref>  See also: [[Atheism and apathy]]
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The American Christian Todd Strandberg said of [[atheism]]: "The ranks of atheists have always [[Atheist Population|been small]]... The key problem with atheism is that it lacks a strong 'selling point'".<ref>[http://www.raptureready.com/rr-atheism.html Atheism: The cult of death]</ref>  (See also: [[Atheism and apathy]])
  
Throughout mankind's history, most people have found atheism to be uninteresting and ungratifying (See: [[Atheism is uninspiring]]).  
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Throughout mankind's history, most people have found atheism to be uninteresting and ungratifying (See: [[Atheism and inspiration]]).  
  
Christians maintain that the benefits of Christianity totally outweigh the benefits of atheism.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWbFtplpY48 And the benefits of atheism are what again?]</ref> For example, Bible believing Christians point out that the [[Atheist Population|atheist population]] is [[Atheism and depression|more depressed]] (See also: [[Hopelessness of atheism]] and [[Atheism and meaninglessness]]).<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWbFtplpY48 And the benefits of atheism are what again?]</ref>   
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Christians maintain that the benefits of Christianity totally outweigh the benefits of atheism.<ref name="youtube.com">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWbFtplpY48 And the benefits of atheism are what again?]</ref> For example, Bible believing Christians point out that the [[Atheist Population|atheist population]] is [[Atheism and depression|more depressed]] (See also: [[Hopelessness of atheism]] and [[Atheism and meaninglessness]]).<ref name="youtube.com"/>   
  
 
Furthermore, while atheism [[Attempts to dilute the definition of atheism|lacks]] any proof and evidence that it is true, Christianity offers a wealth of evidence confirming its veracity (see: [[Christian apologetics|Evidence for Christianity]]).
 
Furthermore, while atheism [[Attempts to dilute the definition of atheism|lacks]] any proof and evidence that it is true, Christianity offers a wealth of evidence confirming its veracity (see: [[Christian apologetics|Evidence for Christianity]]).
  
In addition, the significant amount of unpleasant personalities within the [[Atheist Population|atheist population]] and the resulting amount of atheist infighting has made atheist community unattractive to many people who are looking for a sense of community and/or a common cause (see: [[Atheist factions]] and [[Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence|Atheism and social skills]]).<ref>[http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100230985/how-atheists-became-the-most-colossally-smug-and-annoying-people-on-the-planet/ Brendan O'Neill, ''The Telegraph, How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet'',  August 14th, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/01/22/is-atheism-a-religion/atheism-cannot-replace-religion Atheism cannot replace religion]</ref> Also, besides having a poor sense of community within atheism, atheists give less to others outside their community than religious groups (see: [[Atheism and charity|Atheism and uncharitableness]]).  
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In addition, the significant amount of unpleasant personalities within the [[Atheist Population|atheist population]] and the resulting amount of atheist infighting has made atheist community unattractive to many people who are looking for a sense of community and/or a common cause (see: [[Atheist factions]] and [[Atheism and social/interpersonal intelligence|Atheism and social skills]]).<ref>[http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100230985/how-atheists-became-the-most-colossally-smug-and-annoying-people-on-the-planet/ Brendan O'Neill, ''The Telegraph, How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet'',  August 14th, 2013]</ref><ref>[https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/01/22/is-atheism-a-religion/atheism-cannot-replace-religion Atheism cannot replace religion]</ref> Also, besides having a poor sense of community within atheism, atheists give less to others outside their community than religious groups (see: [[Atheism and charity|Atheism and uncharitableness]]).  
  
 
The imbalance between men and women involved in the atheist community (men are significantly [[Atheism and women|more likely]] to be atheists) and the impoliteness of many atheist men towards atheist women is also unattractive to many individuals (see: [[Atheism and women]] and [[Elevatorgate]] and [[Atheism and rape]]).  
 
The imbalance between men and women involved in the atheist community (men are significantly [[Atheism and women|more likely]] to be atheists) and the impoliteness of many atheist men towards atheist women is also unattractive to many individuals (see: [[Atheism and women]] and [[Elevatorgate]] and [[Atheism and rape]]).  
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Another unappealing aspect of atheism is its bloody history which has surpassed all other worldviews in terms of loss of life (see: [[Atheism and mass murder]]).
 
Another unappealing aspect of atheism is its bloody history which has surpassed all other worldviews in terms of loss of life (see: [[Atheism and mass murder]]).
  
Furthermore, the ultimate destination for unrepentant atheists is [[Hell]]See: [[Atheism and Hell]]
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Furthermore, the ultimate destination for unrepentant atheists is [[Hell]] (See: [[Atheism and Hell]]).
  
See also: [[Atheism and social outcasts]]
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{{See also|Atheism and social outcasts}}
  
 
== Statistics on atheism reflect its unattractiveness as a worldview ==
 
== Statistics on atheism reflect its unattractiveness as a worldview ==
  
''See also: [[Atheism statistics]]
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''See also:'' [[Atheism statistics]]
  
The article [[Atheism statistics]] provides a large collection of statistics which help demonstrate the unattractiveness of atheism as a worldview.
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The article [[Atheism statistics]] provides a large collection of statistics which help further demonstrate the unattractiveness of atheism as a worldview.
  
 
== World interest in atheism has declined since 2000 ==
 
== World interest in atheism has declined since 2000 ==
  
See also: [[Desecularization]] and [[Acceleration of global desecularization]] and [[Global atheism|Decline of global atheism]]
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See also: [[Desecularization]] and [[Growth of global desecularization]] and [[Global atheism|Decline of global atheism]]
[[File:Earth seen from space.jpg|thumbnail|left|200px|Scholars of religious demographics frequently use the term the "global resurgence of religion" to describe the process of [[desecularization|global desecularization]] which began in the late portion of the 20th century.<ref>[http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/magazines/2005/november-december/the-return-of-religion The return of religion]</ref> See: [[Desecularization]] ]]
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Currently, [[global atheism]] is shrinking and demographic research indicates that the shrinking of global atheism will accelerate and affect Western atheism (see: [[Decline of atheism]] and [[Acceleration of global desecularization]]).<ref>[http://www.sneps.net/RD/uploads/1-Shall%20the%20Religious%20Inherit%20the%20Earth.pdf 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]
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Currently, [[global atheism]] is shrinking and demographic research indicates that the shrinking of global atheism will continue and affect Western atheism (see: [[Decline of atheism]] and [[Growth of global desecularization]]).<ref>[http://www.sneps.net/RD/uploads/1-Shall%20the%20Religious%20Inherit%20the%20Earth.pdf 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]
 
*[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/2011/05/eric-kaufmann-shall-religious-inherit.html Eric Kaufmann: Shall The Religious Inherit The Earth?]*[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/search/label/atheist%20demographics Eric Kaufmann's Atheist Demographic series]
 
*[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/2011/05/eric-kaufmann-shall-religious-inherit.html Eric Kaufmann: Shall The Religious Inherit The Earth?]*[http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/search/label/atheist%20demographics Eric Kaufmann's Atheist Demographic series]
*[http://fora.tv/2010/09/05/Eric_Kaufmann_Shall_the_Religious_Inherit_the_Earth Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation]</ref>  
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*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwmgFZsgSo0 Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation]</ref>  
  
 
Global atheism has been on the decline since 2000.<ref>[http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2013/03/global-data-upend-usual-picture-of-christianity-trends.aspx Global data upend usual picture of Christianity trends]</ref>   
 
Global atheism has been on the decline since 2000.<ref>[http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2013/03/global-data-upend-usual-picture-of-christianity-trends.aspx Global data upend usual picture of Christianity trends]</ref>   
  
The British academic Eric Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."<ref>[http://fora.tv/2010/09/05/Eric_Kaufmann_Shall_the_Religious_Inherit_the_Earth Shall the religious inherit the earth]</ref>
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The British academic Eric Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NtvDErEmBY Shall the religious inherit the earth - Festival of Dangerous Ideas - Eric Kaufmann]</ref>
  
The 2004 to 2007 publicity campaign for atheism in the [[Western World]], offering a [[Militant atheism|militant form of atheism]] (called the [[New Atheism]]) was not sustainable.<ref>[http://questionevolution.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-2004-to-2007-publicity-campaign-for.html The 2004 to 2007 publicity campaign for atheism was not sustainable. Level of public interest is not coming back]</ref> The level of public interest in atheism is not coming back in the West and global atheism shrinking will make subsequent publicity attempts more likely to be unsuccessful.<ref>[http://questionevolution.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-2004-to-2007-publicity-campaign-for.html The 2004 to 2007 publicity campaign for atheism was not sustainable. Level of public interest is not coming back]</ref>
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The 2004 to 2007 publicity campaign for atheism in the [[Western World]], offering a [[Militant atheism|militant form of atheism]] (called the [[New Atheism]]) was not sustainable.<ref name="questionevolution.blogspot.com">[http://questionevolution.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-2004-to-2007-publicity-campaign-for.html The 2004 to 2007 publicity campaign for atheism was not sustainable. Level of public interest is not coming back]</ref> The level of public interest in atheism is not coming back in the West and global atheism shrinking will make subsequent publicity attempts more likely to be unsuccessful.<ref name="questionevolution.blogspot.com"/>
  
 
== Atheism and loneliness ==
 
== Atheism and loneliness ==
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*[[Secular Europe and loneliness]]
 
*[[Secular Europe and loneliness]]
  
*[[Atheistic Japan and loneliness]]
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*[[Irreligious Australia and loneliness]]
  
 
*[[Atheistic China and loneliness]]
 
*[[Atheistic China and loneliness]]
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An Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) report indicated that 20% of Australians drink at levels putting them at risk of lifetime harm.<ref>Mower, Jane (November 19, 2013).  [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-20/alcohol-to-blame-for-one-in-eight-deaths---report/5102594 "One in eight deaths of young Australians attributable to alcohol: National Council on Drugs report"].  Australian Broadcasting Company website/News.</ref>
 
An Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) report indicated that 20% of Australians drink at levels putting them at risk of lifetime harm.<ref>Mower, Jane (November 19, 2013).  [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-20/alcohol-to-blame-for-one-in-eight-deaths---report/5102594 "One in eight deaths of young Australians attributable to alcohol: National Council on Drugs report"].  Australian Broadcasting Company website/News.</ref>
  
For more information, please see: [[Godless Australia and alcoholism]]
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For more information, please see: [[Irreligious Australia and alcoholism]]
  
  
 
'''Asian countries:'''  
 
'''Asian countries:'''  
  
See: [[Godless Asian countries and alcoholism]]
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See: [[Irreligious Asian countries and alcoholism]]
  
  
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''See also:'' [[Atheism and drug addiction]]
 
''See also:'' [[Atheism and drug addiction]]
  
Studies indicate that religious individuals are less likely to engage in illegal drug use than atheists/nonreligious.<ref>[http://www.christianpost.com/news/believers-consume-fewer-drugs-than-atheists-106266/ Believers Consume Fewer Drugs Than Atheists], ''Christian Post'', By Jim Denison, Christian Post Columnist, October 9, 2013|9:47 am</ref><ref>[http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003093041.htm Believers consume fewer drugs than atheists], Science Daily, Date:October 3, 2013, Source: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Foerderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung]</ref><ref>Multiple references:
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Studies indicate that religious individuals are less likely to engage in illegal drug use than atheists/nonreligious.<ref>[http://www.christianpost.com/news/believers-consume-fewer-drugs-than-atheists-106266/ Believers Consume Fewer Drugs Than Atheists], ''Christian Post'', By Jim Denison, Christian Post Columnist, October 9, 2013|9:47 am</ref><ref>[https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131003093041.htm Believers consume fewer drugs than atheists], Science Daily, Date:October 3, 2013, Source: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Foerderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung</ref><ref>Multiple references:
 
*McCullough, Michael E. and Willoughby, Brian L. B. (January 2009).  [http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/mmccullough/Papers/Relig_self_control_bulletin.pdf "Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: associations, explanations, and implications"] ''Psychological Bulletin'', vol. 135, no. 1, pp. 69-93.  Retrieved from University of Miami department of psychology website on September 10, 2014.
 
*McCullough, Michael E. and Willoughby, Brian L. B. (January 2009).  [http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/mmccullough/Papers/Relig_self_control_bulletin.pdf "Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: associations, explanations, and implications"] ''Psychological Bulletin'', vol. 135, no. 1, pp. 69-93.  Retrieved from University of Miami department of psychology website on September 10, 2014.
*Alternate source of abstract: [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19210054 "Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: associations, explanations, and implications" [abstract&#93;].  Retrieved from PubMed.gov on September 10, 2014.</ref>
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*Alternate source of abstract: [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19210054 "Religion, self-regulation, and self-control: associations, explanations, and implications" [abstract&#93;].  Retrieved from PubMed.gov on September 10, 2014.</ref>
  
 
== Atheism and its lack of holidays ==
 
== Atheism and its lack of holidays ==
  
The Jewish comedian [[Henny Youngman]] joked about atheism, "I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays."<ref>Youngman, Henny (1980 or bef.).  [http://books.google.com/books?id=GZcjAQAAMAAJ&q=%22become+an+atheist+but+I+gave+up%22&dq=%22become+an+atheist+but+I+gave+up%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WHppVZT7I4W2oQT-nYKoAw&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBw Earliest attestation].  Retrieved from GoogleBooks.</ref> See also: [[Atheism Quotes|Atheism quotes]]
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The Jewish comedian [[Henny Youngman]] joked about atheism, "I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays."<ref>Youngman, Henny (1980 or bef.).  [https://books.google.com/books?id=GZcjAQAAMAAJ&q=%22become+an+atheist+but+I+gave+up%22&dq=%22become+an+atheist+but+I+gave+up%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WHppVZT7I4W2oQT-nYKoAw&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBw Earliest attestation].  Retrieved from GoogleBooks.</ref> See also: [[Atheism Quotes|Atheism quotes]]
  
 
=== Atheism and Christmas ===
 
=== Atheism and Christmas ===
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''See also:'' [[Atheism and Christmas]]
 
''See also:'' [[Atheism and Christmas]]
  
In December of 2003, the University of Warwick reported:
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In December 2003, the University of Warwick reported:
 
{{cquote|Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: "Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of [[Christmas]] are on the whole likely to be happier.<ref>http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2003/A/20037338.html</ref>}}
 
{{cquote|Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: "Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of [[Christmas]] are on the whole likely to be happier.<ref>http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2003/A/20037338.html</ref>}}
  
== See also ==
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== Janan Ganesh on the reluctance of irreligious/nonreligious to embrace the tenets of materialism/atheism ==
  
*[[Atheism has a lower retention rate compared to other worldviews]]
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''See also:'' [[Atheism and spirituality]] and [[Atheism and beliefs]] and [[Atheist worldview]] and [[Atheism and life after death]]
  
*[[Atheism statistics]]
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[[File:Oprah Winfrey pic.jpg|thumbnail|right|200px|Many atheists became upset with [[Oprah Winfrey]] when she declared that you can't be an atheist if you believe in the awe and wonder of the world.<ref name="mediaite.com">[http://www.mediaite.com/tv/oprah-you-cant-be-an-atheist-if-you-believe-in-the-awe-and-wonder-of-the-world/ Oprah: You Can’t Be an Atheist If You ‘Believe in the Awe and Wonder’ of the World ] by Josh Feldman, Mediaite, October 14th, 2013</ref> See: [[Atheism and wonder]] ]]
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Janan Ganesh wrote in the ''Financial Times'':
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{{Cquote|What stands out even more is the constant groping for profundity by people who stop well short of any religion or organised belief system themselves. There has been a vein of lifestyle [[spiritualism]] in the west, and especially the US, for a long time now. Deepak Chopra, the [[Martin Luther]] of this stuff, is in his seventies, and [[Oprah Winfrey]] not far behind. But unless I am being singled out for special treatment, it appears to have become inescapable over the past decade in particular.
  
*[[Atheism and meaninglessness]]
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This is not the place, nor am I the writer, for a disquisition on the existence or otherwise of God. The question, rather, is why people who plainly do not have any such faith are so reluctant to own the fact. Why is the [[materialism|materialist]] view of things still so hard to embrace, even for those who share all or most of its tenets?<ref>[https://www.ft.com/content/3cb9f0b0-8787-11e9-a028-86cea8523dc2 Instagram atheists need to drop the hokum] by Janan Ganesh. ''Financial Times'', 2018</ref>}}
  
*[[Atheism and loneliness]]
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Many atheists became upset with Oprah Winfrey when she declared that you can't be an atheist if you believe in the awe and wonder of the world.<ref name="mediaite.com"/> See: [[Atheism and wonder]]
  
*[[Atheism and health]]
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== See also ==
  
*[[Moral failures of the atheist population]]
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*[[Atheism and its retention rate in individuals]]
  
*[[Views on atheists]]
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*[[Atheism, agnosticism and pessimism]]
  
*[[Atheism and deception]]
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*[[Atheism and health]]
  
*[[Christianity and social stability]]
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*[[Atheist population and immorality]]
  
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*[[Atheism and deception]]
  
'''Essay:'''
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*[[Christianity and social stability]]
 
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*[[Essay: Will atheism ever disappear?|Will atheism ever disappear?]]
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'''Humor:'''
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* [[Resources for leaving atheism and becoming a Christian]]
  
*[[Essay: The benefits of atheism|Benefits of atheism]] - comedy/satire
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* [[Christian joy, atheist despair and the good news of Christianity]]
  
*[[Essay:Comedy and satires concerning atheism and evolution|Comedy and satires concerning atheism and evolution]]
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*[[Atheists and physical attractiveness]]
  
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
 
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Eric Kaufmann, a professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, using a wealth of demographic studies, argues that there will be a significant decline of global atheism in the 21st century which will impact the Western World.[1][2][3][4]

The American Christian Todd Strandberg said of atheism: "The ranks of atheists have always been small... The key problem with atheism is that it lacks a strong 'selling point'".[5] (See also: Atheism and apathy)

Throughout mankind's history, most people have found atheism to be uninteresting and ungratifying (See: Atheism and inspiration).

Christians maintain that the benefits of Christianity totally outweigh the benefits of atheism.[6] For example, Bible believing Christians point out that the atheist population is more depressed (See also: Hopelessness of atheism and Atheism and meaninglessness).[6]

Furthermore, while atheism lacks any proof and evidence that it is true, Christianity offers a wealth of evidence confirming its veracity (see: Evidence for Christianity).

In addition, the significant amount of unpleasant personalities within the atheist population and the resulting amount of atheist infighting has made atheist community unattractive to many people who are looking for a sense of community and/or a common cause (see: Atheist factions and Atheism and social skills).[7][8] Also, besides having a poor sense of community within atheism, atheists give less to others outside their community than religious groups (see: Atheism and uncharitableness).

The imbalance between men and women involved in the atheist community (men are significantly more likely to be atheists) and the impoliteness of many atheist men towards atheist women is also unattractive to many individuals (see: Atheism and women and Elevatorgate and Atheism and rape).

Another unappealing aspect of atheism is its bloody history which has surpassed all other worldviews in terms of loss of life (see: Atheism and mass murder).

Furthermore, the ultimate destination for unrepentant atheists is Hell (See: Atheism and Hell).

See also: Atheism and social outcasts

Statistics on atheism reflect its unattractiveness as a worldview

See also: Atheism statistics

The article Atheism statistics provides a large collection of statistics which help further demonstrate the unattractiveness of atheism as a worldview.

World interest in atheism has declined since 2000

See also: Desecularization and Growth of global desecularization and Decline of global atheism

Currently, global atheism is shrinking and demographic research indicates that the shrinking of global atheism will continue and affect Western atheism (see: Decline of atheism and Growth of global desecularization).[9]

Global atheism has been on the decline since 2000.[10]

The British academic Eric Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."[11]

The 2004 to 2007 publicity campaign for atheism in the Western World, offering a militant form of atheism (called the New Atheism) was not sustainable.[12] The level of public interest in atheism is not coming back in the West and global atheism shrinking will make subsequent publicity attempts more likely to be unsuccessful.[12]

Atheism and loneliness

Secular societies commonly have significant levels of loneliness. See: Atheism and loneliness

See also: Atheism and loneliness

Loneliness has been linked to many physical and mental health problems.[13]

Compared to deeply religious cultures where an extended family and a sense of community often exists, secular countries are often lonelier societies. In addition, numerous studies and other data indicate that atheists often have lower emotional intelligence and lower social skills (see: Atheism and emotional intelligence and Atheism and social skills).

For more information, please see:

Atheism and alcoholism

According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) regional office in Europe, "The WHO European Region has the highest proportion in the world of total ill health and premature death due to alcohol.[14]

See also: Atheism and alcoholism

Atheists and atheistic cultures often have significant problems with excess alcohol usage (For more information please see: Atheism and alcoholism).

Secular countries/regions and alcoholism

Secular Europe:

According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) regional office in Europe, "The WHO European Region has the highest proportion in the world of total ill health and premature death due to alcohol.[14]


Australia:

An Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) report indicated that 20% of Australians drink at levels putting them at risk of lifetime harm.[15]

For more information, please see: Irreligious Australia and alcoholism


Asian countries:

See: Irreligious Asian countries and alcoholism


Godless communism and alcoholism:

Atheism and illegal drug use and drug addition

See also: Atheism and drug addiction

Studies indicate that religious individuals are less likely to engage in illegal drug use than atheists/nonreligious.[16][17][18]

Atheism and its lack of holidays

The Jewish comedian Henny Youngman joked about atheism, "I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays."[19] See also: Atheism quotes

Atheism and Christmas

See also: Atheism and Christmas

In December 2003, the University of Warwick reported:

Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: "Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas are on the whole likely to be happier.[20]

Janan Ganesh on the reluctance of irreligious/nonreligious to embrace the tenets of materialism/atheism

See also: Atheism and spirituality and Atheism and beliefs and Atheist worldview and Atheism and life after death

Many atheists became upset with Oprah Winfrey when she declared that you can't be an atheist if you believe in the awe and wonder of the world.[21] See: Atheism and wonder

Janan Ganesh wrote in the Financial Times:

What stands out even more is the constant groping for profundity by people who stop well short of any religion or organised belief system themselves. There has been a vein of lifestyle spiritualism in the west, and especially the US, for a long time now. Deepak Chopra, the Martin Luther of this stuff, is in his seventies, and Oprah Winfrey not far behind. But unless I am being singled out for special treatment, it appears to have become inescapable over the past decade in particular.

This is not the place, nor am I the writer, for a disquisition on the existence or otherwise of God. The question, rather, is why people who plainly do not have any such faith are so reluctant to own the fact. Why is the materialist view of things still so hard to embrace, even for those who share all or most of its tenets?[22]

Many atheists became upset with Oprah Winfrey when she declared that you can't be an atheist if you believe in the awe and wonder of the world.[21] See: Atheism and wonder

See also

Notes

  1. 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
  2. Eric Kaufmann: Shall The Religious Inherit The Earth?
  3. Eric Kaufmann's Atheist Demographic series
  4. Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  5. Atheism: The cult of death
  6. 6.0 6.1 And the benefits of atheism are what again?
  7. Brendan O'Neill, The Telegraph, How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet, August 14th, 2013
  8. Atheism cannot replace religion
  9. 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
  10. Global data upend usual picture of Christianity trends
  11. Shall the religious inherit the earth - Festival of Dangerous Ideas - Eric Kaufmann
  12. 12.0 12.1 The 2004 to 2007 publicity campaign for atheism was not sustainable. Level of public interest is not coming back
  13. Multiple references:
    • Gammon, Katherine (March 2, 2012). "Why loneliness can be deadly". Live Science website.
    • Booth, Robert (October 12, 2014). "Number of severely lonely men over 50 set to rise to 1m in 15 years", The Guardian.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Data and statistics" (September 2014 or bef.). Health topics/Disease prevention/Alcohol use. World Health Organization (WHO)/Regional office for Europe
  15. Mower, Jane (November 19, 2013). "One in eight deaths of young Australians attributable to alcohol: National Council on Drugs report". Australian Broadcasting Company website/News.
  16. Believers Consume Fewer Drugs Than Atheists, Christian Post, By Jim Denison, Christian Post Columnist, October 9, 2013|9:47 am
  17. Believers consume fewer drugs than atheists, Science Daily, Date:October 3, 2013, Source: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Foerderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung
  18. Multiple references:
  19. Youngman, Henny (1980 or bef.). Earliest attestation. Retrieved from GoogleBooks.
  20. http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/2003/A/20037338.html
  21. 21.0 21.1 Oprah: You Can’t Be an Atheist If You ‘Believe in the Awe and Wonder’ of the World by Josh Feldman, Mediaite, October 14th, 2013
  22. Instagram atheists need to drop the hokum by Janan Ganesh. Financial Times, 2018