Social Media Growing Atheism by the Millions

Atheism, social media, millions

Atheism. It used to be a taboo word; a word people would whisper in horror, causing dropped jaws and deep frown lines on foreheads at its very mention. Atheists used to be such a tiny minority that it was nearly impossible to meet one. Any mention of the concept could conjure up images that scene from RoseMary’s Baby; the one where Ruth Gordon tells Mia Farrow how wonderful it is that she’s carrying Satan’s Baby: “He chose you, honey! From all the women in the world to be the mother of his only living son!” she said, an evil and disconcerting smile spreading across her face.

There are some people who still think that atheists worship Satan or participate in infant sacrifices. Little do they know that atheists don’t believe in Satan because they don’t believe in the supernatural, and most of them just adore babies. Now, some of those odd and misinformed stereotypes are being dispelled because social media is growing atheism by the millions. There’s strength in numbers, as they say, and atheism has been expanding massively over the last ten years.

Even more notable than the jump in atheism is the increase in people who say they simply don’t adhere to any religion. A recent PEW study found that 20% of Americans now say they are “unaffiliated” with any specific faith or set of religious practices. 20% of Americans is a huge number: over 63 million people. Out of that number, roughly one third are atheist or agnostic. That’s over 21 million non-believing “heathens.”

Such a large number has undoubtedly been helped along by social media, especially Facebook. A search of the words “atheist,” “agnostic,” “skeptic,” “God” and “secular,” reveals close to 100 atheistic Facebook pages ranging in membership from a few thousand to a quarter million people.

Some of the pages are dedicated to a specific cause, such as promoting a safe haven for Syrian atheists or raising awareness that there are a huge number of black atheists. Some are designed to share information, news, opinion, commentary and humor among non-believers. One of these pages is Hammer The Gods, a group whose mission it is to:

  • Wield the hammer of logic, reason, and scientific evidence against claims of gods, religion and the religious

  • Promote Atheism in a positive manner

  • Discuss arguments for and against god(s), and refine those arguments for successful deployment on and off line

  • Analysis and discussion of arguments for and against the existence of gods and successful and failed arguments

  • Encourage Intellectual Honesty and intellectual atheism

  • Help Atheists and Agnostics to come out if it is safe to do so

  • Reinforce a strict separation between church and state

  • Promote equality and human rights

  • Share resources that assist in accomplishing these goals

The group has nearly 36,000 members and welcomes everyone for friendly discussion, sharing of information and “reasonable debate.” Its mission was conceived by page founder Ryan Burkhart, who takes a balanced approach to developing the page’s goals. He feels that assessing the correct communication style is the optimal way to share ideas about atheism with those who want to know more, and that the best approach is not to be rude or judgmental toward people who are religious. If someone wants to convey atheism properly, he says, they should stop to consider that the person on the receiving end of the ideas is a human being. Burkhart writes on Hammer the Gods:

Logic and facts are a necessity, but trying to sway others toward your position with dismissiveness and/or degradation is likely no more effective than trying to render an honest conversion to Christianity, by threat of torture or being burned at the stake.

It is also a great service to humanity and “the movement” to recognize that, however willingly or unwillingly a religious person came to hold their beliefs/disbeliefs, they are victims of religion -  just like many atheists once were.

It is good to demonstrate the diversity of humanity among the “atheist community”, but we also must keep our eye on the brass ring. Being logically consistent, evidence-based critical thinkers is not something we can inspire and instill in others, if we fail to demonstrate those attributes in ourselves.

Another page, the Thinking Atheist, says they are a group which encourages people to talk about ideas, exchange information and meet other like-minded people:

This is a community for atheists, agnostics, and skeptics to exchange ideas, discuss issues, explore challenges, make friends and have some laughs. This is a proselytizing, preaching and troll-free zone.

 Mission

While the vast majority of religious people simply inherited the faith of their parents, or adopted a blind allegiance to a comforting placebo, there are some who have legitimate questions and seek answers. This site certainly doesn’t have all the answers, but the quest for “truth” is something we embrace.

Indeed, when reviewing many of the atheist, agnostic and skeptics pages on Facebook, it is clear to see the members are interested in the free exchange of ideas, a focus on critical thinking and the prospect of raising awareness about some of the harm that can come from religion.

Facebook isn’t the only social media outlet growing atheism by the millions though; Twitter also has atheist members and groups that send out daily Tweets, news and information. According to the journal Physiological Science, social media is a significant factor in the spread of ideas because our brains are hardwired to want to share information with other people. Atheism has certainly caught on, big time, with millions of members across at least 100 Facebook group pages, and the number of people joining these groups grows every day.

As the concepts of atheism are spread through social media, the numbers of people who will become non-believers will undoubtedly increase. Some experts predict that religion will die out entirely in the next 50 years or so, and social media will surely play a role in its demise.

An editorial by Rebecca Savastio

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Sources:

Hammer the Gods

The Thinking Atheist

PEW

MIT

Psychological Science

73 Responses to Social Media Growing Atheism by the Millions

  1. weismonger February 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    When I hear all the simpering, whining, Left Wingers cry about all the poor people…I just remind myself that it is HUMAN BEINGS who are destroying this planet. Why? Because human being invented religion, and the lie is that prayer, genuflecting, rolling beads around, etc. will save humanity and the earth. Wrong…..

    There ear now 7 billion people on this planet destroying, polluting, and breeding, …of whom most are religious. Now WHY would any “thinking” atheist wish to save this mess?

    And know this. The Left is suicidal, and the Right is a bunch of delusional freaks…neither the right or the left have a clue as to what is coming or what to do about it. The Religious Right wants a religious dictatorship whereby they think their imaginary gods will save them. And the nutty, suicidal Left believes in socialism and redistribution of wealth like a mindless religion. Ergo, the Left says that if we are all the same….meaning poor, the world will be a happier, better run place. Only problem is that to make us all poor, it takes a police state…and furthermore, people don’t like being slaves.

    Trust neither group, don’t buy into either the Left or the Right….save yourself, your family, and the one’s you love….Its going to get messy. What is the advantage of being an Atheist…is that Atheism is for thinking…not delusional religions or socialist theft.

    The future of Elysium is just around the corner.

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  2. Overmars November 5, 2013 at 2:51 am

    This trend and article gives me faith in the future. There is a growing secular/athiest culture even in religious countries. The young in the west don’t give 2 sh*ts about religion they live for today, as John Lennon said.

    Its Africa and the poor parts of Asia that I worry about, the sectarian wars in the middle east and Africa are the real battlegrounds (both literally and figuratively). Al-Shabab, Boko Haram and even Scientology are the polar opposites to the athiest movement.

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  3. sminhinnick November 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    There is a powerful YouTube video which backs up Rebecca Savastio’s article. It is very much worth watching. “The Internet: Where religions come to die” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rqw4krMOug

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  4. BeautiflBlackAtheist (@briabria) November 4, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I don’t think believers understand…hurling the H-word (Hell) is futile. IF we had cause or concern about hell or any torment resembling a hell…we wouldn’t say we’re Atheists. Just as the threat of hell DOES NOT scare, intimidate believers (forget the news headlines-look at the believers you KNOW and what they do behind closed doors), it doesn’t scare nonbelievers. It’s simple logic-use it.

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  5. ArmyMom November 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I wonder if the hell-spouting theists who comment on articles like this with threats of eternal damnation realize how little they’re actually doing for their point.

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    • weismonger February 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      I keep asking the religious when they threaten us with hell for none belief….Where is hell? What’s the address? If the religious are going to threaten us with hell, first they have to prove it exists and know where it is. Duh….

      Like everything else religious….religions of all types are silly, childish, fairytales…meant to scare people into submission and fear….to make human beings more manageable slaves and serfs.

      Every year, the United Nations also puts forth “bills” and mandates to make “insulting” religion a criminal offense at a national level. Why? Because down deep, the real story is that although the Roman Catholics, the Protestants, and the Moslems all claim to not like other religions…when it comes to us and especially Atheists, all of these religions fear Atheism more than they fear other religions. Behind the scenes, all of these religions will band together to destroy free speech and freedom FROM religion…and then carve up the world.

      The most wonderful thing about the proliferation of the Internet, is Free Speech where we can say what we want about religion and the religious without fear of being prosecuted…but watch out. Both the Right and the Left are gearing up to attempt to take control of the Internet….so they can control what we read, see, and hear and demand that we either worship the state, their imaginary gods, or both.

      Resist…. shut it down, hack it, and show the Religious Right and the Socialist Left they cannot control us….The Internet is the last and only engine of freedom we have left. Don’t lose it……

      The religious and political dictatorships have held so much power all through history that the very idea that their end is coming ….not only scares the pans off them, but will make the religious and the Left extremely dangerous.

      If you have brains enough to realize this….and if you don’t, read history…..then prepare to defend your freedom in any way you can.

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  6. Akhila November 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I applaud your complete belief, based on no proof whatsoever, on any “knowledge” or “realization” that awaits me after my “earthly existence”.

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  7. TheJett October 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    All atheists are self-righteous fools and will learn the hard way once their earthly existence comes to an end!

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    • Judy February 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      THEJETT: aLL YOU CHRISTIANS AND BELIEVERS HAVE TO DO IS JUST PROVE THERE IS A GOD AND EVERYONE, ALL ATHEISTS WILL BELIEVE IN YOUR IMAGINARY GOD. ITS THAT SIMPLE.

      SO WHERE IS YOUR PROOF OF A GOD? DUH

      I’ve asked about 1000 Christians and believers where your proof of a god is and NONE can answer, or will answer. And you won’t either. You are delusional, mentally ill, and in need of some skull bleach to clean the crap out of your head.

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  8. Kirbert October 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I disagree with Ryan Burkhart’s contention that the best way to convince theists of the error of their ways is through logic, reason, and scientific evidence. The rational approach has been tried and has failed miserably. Basically, theists don’t respond to logic, reason, or scientific evidence; if they did, they wouldn’t be theists.

    IMHO, the most effective weapon we can wield to counter theism is: scorn and ridicule. Being the butt of jokes is something that theists WILL respond to. They take great pride in being “people of faith” and the respect they get as members of their church. When that pride and respect turns into shame and ridicule, they will be compelled to reconsider why they’re not getting the respect they once did. Then they can find their OWN answers, they won’t need us atheists to spell it out for them.

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    • Jeremy Forbing October 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

      So, the best way to popularize your belief system (or lack thereof) is being a jerk. Got it.

      The Internet is so depressing sometimes.

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    • Jesus Christ October 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

      THIS IS SO TRUE! I came to atheism because of all the memes my friends posted on Facebook. I read them and thought “damn, these are true…”

      Sadly some people are too stupid to see the truth, even when it slaps them in the face. Religion will not die out until the fools do.

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  9. Danelle Cheney October 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I thought about this issue after the fact. I can see how this works as an opinion, and by the way, your writing has been a help to me as it has given me lots of good examples on what works.

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  10. Danelle Cheney October 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Rebecca’s article as always is written very well and if I were in her shoes bringing up Christianity to balance it would not be easy to do, but it’s a challenge for journalists to provide that balance.

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  11. Eric Rains October 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Hey, what about my page? Lol http://www.facebook.com/atheistsofthesouth

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  12. I, J October 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

    “Some experts predict that religion will die out entirely in the next 50 years or so”

    They said that 50 years ago. They also said it 100 years ago, and 150, and so on. I can see religion fading out in the distant future, but certainly not in our lifetime.

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  13. Chasity Channell October 29, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Jamie you are on to something. The religious could also give a whole study instead of picking out parts they like to back their opinion. I see this too often!

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  14. Leif October 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

    It is not about judging, berating, or debating people of Faith. It is about meeting people at their current stage of belief and challenging them to question it

    This is because people of Faith do not depend on Evidence or Reason to embrace faith.
    Therefore, one cannot expect to Reason somebody out of something they didn’t Reason Themselves Into to Begin with.

    If you want to have a conversation with a person of Faith there is a book that tells you how..Its called “A Manual for Creating Atheist” by Peter Boghossian http://amzn.to/1a4Tvy4

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    • trevor123698 October 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      you are an idiot. Who would ever want to be an atheist. Your religion of atheism is mathematically impossible. The numbers prove it. life was created

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      • Denise October 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        trevor123698. you are the idiot. atheism is NOT a religion.

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        • trevor123698 October 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

          So the entire premise of atheism is not based on faith, but it is based on fact? You can can prove god does not exist despite it being almost mathematically impossible?

          You are so stupid its mind boggling. Religion = faith. Religion = cannot be proven. You can’t prove atheism as anything other than something that is over a million to one odds of happening

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          • Gary J Parker October 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm

            jeebus Murphy and all the Irishmen, how many times do we have to read this type of illogical dribble before the message gets across: The onus is on the person pushing the ridiculous ideas to provide proof. If you believe in the Adam and Eve story, against all the evuidence, if you believe in talking snakes, burning bushes, dead people coming back to life and everlasting hellfire, YOU prove it, it isn’t up to us to disprove your lunacies. FFS, it’s like bashing one’s head against a brick wall. You got nothing, theist.

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            • trevor123698 November 3, 2013 at 6:24 pm

              Do you have any idea how illogical it is to say man does not have a creator. Not only is it nearly mathematically impossible, everything about the design of man screams creator. I can back this up with math. You can’t. You side with something that is literally trillions to one against happening and ridicule me for not providing proof. You are insane

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              • Mike Robinson November 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

                No Trevor you can’t. The maths the ID believers are pushing are wrong. Look it up, and stop deluding yourself. Start here ”
                Misuse of probability by “creation scientists” By David H Bailey, on August 13th, 2009″.

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                • trevor123698 November 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

                  you can believe that lie if you want to. The math stands. Its not possible.

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                  • Mike Robinson November 6, 2013 at 4:53 am

                    HOW ANTI-EVOLUTIONISTS ABUSE MATHEMATICS by
                    JASON ROSENHOUSE. I’m sorry, but you have been misled, Confirmation bias has then done the rest.

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                    • trevor123698 November 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

                      says a militant atheist who chooses to believe anything that will confirm his own bias. god is within you and if do not see his creation within you, then you are likely a militant atheist.

                    • Mike Robinson November 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

                      Are you a mathematician/statistician? I’m not, but I’m content that all real ones have thoroughly debunked the spurious mathematical claims of the ID movement. All the facts agree with the theory of evolution through natural selection. Now you are free to interpret them as saying god, but since there is a simple natural explanation, which works and makes any supernatural explanation unnecessary, why keep trying to bend reality to such a narrow human parochial view. Try reading “Evidence for Evolution – Development of the Mammal Kidney”.

                      I never cease to be amazed at the humble arrogance of believers who somehow think that their god created the whole of space and time, only to let a few people in a backward desert area of a small planet in on the secret that he made it all and somehow needs them to love him (or else be punished for all eternity).

                      You, me and every one else are made from the ashes of supernovae, and through natural process are alive and are the universe become conscious looking at itself. That is far more inspiring than the ramblings of our ancestors, who, while they did their best to try to make sense of reality, simply did not have our knowledge. In comparison the Abrahamic religious world view is small and muddled and disrespects ourselves.

                    • trevor123698 November 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

                      “In comparison the Abrahamic religious world view is small and muddled and disrespects ourselves.”

                      You are a joke and a half. its so sad you will go to your grave thinking I am a lunatic and that you are right. Much greater minds in history have all accepted god. You do not know anything in the world about the truth behind abrahamic religion. its incredible that you speak of this. i suggest you start reading everything written by the “satanist” Manley P Hall if you wish to end your ignorance. the man is a satanist and I am a christian but you gon’ learn today

                      “There is no doubt that the Old Testament [of the bible] is a physiological and anatomical textbook to those CAPABLE OF READING IT FROM A SCIENTIFIC VIEWPOINT” -Manley Palmer Hall, pg 1 of ‘The Occult Anatomy of Man’

                    • trevor123698 November 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

                      “In comparison the Abrahamic religious world view is small and muddled and disrespects ourselves.”

                      You speak from a place of truly incredible ignorance. Its so sad that so much of society is as dumb as you

                      “There is no doubt that the Old Testament [of the bible] is a physiological and anatomical textbook to those CAPABLE OF READING IT FROM A SCIENTIFIC VIEWPOINT” -Manley Palmer Hall, pg 1 of ‘The Occult Anatomy of Man’

                    • Mike Robinson November 8, 2013 at 11:01 pm

                      Militant, ignorant, sad, insane! That’s all you have to offer, insults, or occult ramblings? Or are you a Poe?

                      Facts. And they can’t be hidden and ignored. Try “Evidence for Evolution – Development of the Mammal Kidney”.

                    • trevor123698 November 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

                      meanwhile, you change the subject (not that you can ever in your entire life prove evolution) because you cannot contend with the facts you do not know exist.

                    • Mike Robinson November 9, 2013 at 2:32 am

                      “you cannot contend with the facts you do not know exist” What are you talking about? What facts? I read the intro to the book you mentioned, and can’t see that has much to offer, so I’m not going to buy it, but please let me know what I am missing.

                      Meanwhile, evolution is probably the best proven theory in science and has mountains of evidence to back it up. This is a nice summary, “Was Darwin Wrong? By David Quammen” If you know better publish and collect your Nobel prize.

                    • trevor123698 November 9, 2013 at 4:13 am

                      “you cannot contend with the facts you do not know exist” What are you talking about?

                      What I am talking about is my quote from Manley P hall. you know nothing of what this means. Absolutely nothing. and you ridicule it from a place of great ignorance. it is so sad. I oppose manley P hall’s views with all of my being, but he is right with much of his “knowledge”. this quote is accurate if you study a great deal more than you choose to.

                      “There is no doubt that the Old Testament [of the bible] is a physiological and anatomical textbook to those CAPABLE OF READING IT FROM A SCIENTIFIC VIEWPOINT” -Manley Palmer Hall, pg 1 of ‘The Occult Anatomy of Man’

                      You are insane. No doubt

                    • Mike Robinson November 9, 2013 at 5:00 am

                      OK, read half of it, and I remember reading similar things as a kid before I learnt what real science is. Auras, ether, mediums, phrenology – obscurantist debunked balderdash. Or have you claimed the $1m that James Randi is holding for anyone who can demonstrate anything supernatural, because he and I would be delighted if you could.

                    • trevor123698 November 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

                      you are right. science is the end all to knowledge. we know everything through science. LMFAO @ you

                      “Science is as corruptible a human activity as any other.” ― Michael Crichton

                      “now science is the belief system that is hundreds of years old. And, like the medieval system before it, science is starting not to fit the world any more. Science has attained so much power that its practical limits begin to be apparent.”

                      “A hundred years from now, people will look back on us and laugh. They’ll say, ‘You know what people used to believe? They believed in photons and electrons. Can you imagine anything so silly?’ They’ll have a good laugh, because by then there will be newer better fantasies.” Michael Crichton, The Lost WOrld

                    • Mike Robinson November 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

                      Well that makes it all clear. Actually I think that’s great in many ways. However, Mr Chrichton was wrong as science is not a belief, but instead is a method of enquiry, a way of testing ideas, looking at data and making predictions. A method that output scientific theories A means, not an end. A method that contains the power to revise earlier discoveries in the light of new information – even though that is sometimes delayed by human politics (hence I agree with the corruption comment to some extent). Current theories will be refined and revised, but If we ever discover a better answer than photons and electrons it will be through the examination of new data that doesn’t fit current theories and the new theory will be built using the same scientific method. It works, and it continues to work, really well, despite some apologists’ upset at its inductive underpinning. Unless you know something different, of course…

                • trevor123698 November 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

                  you only believe that it what science is.

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              • GordonHide November 6, 2013 at 2:23 am

                “everything about the design of man screams creator” — You mean like:
                Bad backs
                Rotten teeth
                The incidence of poor eyesight
                Pain in childbirth
                The appendix
                Congenital decease
                Still births
                Down syndrome
                Genetic abnormalities
                Confused sexuality
                Physiologically produced psychopathic tendencies
                Club feet
                Cleft palates
                etc, etc

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                • trevor123698 November 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

                  All of those problems are cured and I cured my own bad back. they are all cured by proper nutrition. you will never accept that though because you are insane and have been misled by a 2 trillion dollar a year industry. All of these things are either caused by improper nutrition of the mother before birth or eating things like wheat, sugar, and processed food after birth. WAKE UP YOU FOOL

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          • Gary J Parker October 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm

            atheism is a faith if not collecting stamps is a hobby. Atheism is a faith if baldness is a hairstyle.

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  15. Lynn DeAgostino October 29, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I keep asking religious people about God being okay with slavery, and stoning of family members, also I would like to know why God considers it acceptable to throw poop around. All seems a bit childish for someone who is omniscient and omnipotent.

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    • Cindy McIntire October 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      LOL – I haven’t heard the poop story, obviously that isn’t discussed often. (I have never read the bible – was lucky to have been raised sans-religion.) Do share, Lynn!

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  16. John Moriarty October 29, 2013 at 4:43 am

    internet has speeded up things no end

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  17. greem October 29, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Science is also based on believing in what they have no chance to observe and see. On one person has lived long enough to see one species evolve to another, but basing on some theories, some logic they believe that all lives have evolved. No one were present during their so-called Big Bang, but basing on some theories and logic, they believe that it is how everything begin.They called themselves atheists without knowing that their religions and their gods is atheism.

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    • rex October 29, 2013 at 2:20 am

      the court of law often convict criminals using evidence even though they never see the actual crime. based on evidence criminals are convicted and the judge BELIEVE using the evidence to make a verdict. and the same with science we never see evolution or the big bang but the evidence tells us that happens. well how about your belief that flying chariots exist? dont tell me you dont believe it because its in the bible

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    • Elvis Knucklehead October 29, 2013 at 4:15 am

      So what you’re saying is you actually saw a god create the entire universe?
      And more is known and understood about the Theory of Evolution then is known and understood about the Theory of Gravity.
      BTW, by definition, atheism is simply the lack of belief in any god(s).
      Nice Strawman though.

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      • Serj Santy October 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        Knucklehead indeed. Open a science book do some research. Do some experiments your self. Learn some science.

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        • Danelle Cheney October 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

          Hi Serj, and thanks for the reply. I would not claim to have seen God creating the universe, but I would claim to have faith in God. I spell God with a capital “G” so why don’t you?

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          • Bruce Hogg October 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

            Feel free to capitalise dwhat you will. For me, the “god” concept is of little relevance.

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        • Danelle Cheney October 30, 2013 at 7:42 am

          Insults don’t fly in intelligent debates. Debate closed because of insults.

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          • Gary J Parker October 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm

            there was no insult in any of his posts. You closed the debate because you have no answer to his position, not because he insulted you. Theists…. always getting their noses out of joint because their particular fictional deity isn’t accorded the level of respect they think he’s due. Do you respect Shiva? if not, why not? the answer you give in many ways will clarify why we don’t respect your “god”.

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    • Erin October 29, 2013 at 4:58 am

      you, are about as misinformed as it gets. We can see evolution, we can see science, , you can see the effects of the big bang which may not seem like much to you, but its more than anyone can say about any god from any religion. Science is a provable fact, not a set of arcane beliefs.. it is used to benifit man kind, not oppress it. it is not worshiped, it is a tool. Remember that the next time some one you love needs help… call on God, or call 911

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    • atheist111111111111111111 October 29, 2013 at 5:48 am

      You obviously don’t know what you are talking about. You know nothing about science, that is for sure. The theories science make can be tested. We don’t see electrons, bot we can observe what they do and how they “behave” in so many cases. Theories explain what we observe in a logical way. Religions don’t explain anything. They force you to beleive…

      I don’t understand why we still have to argue about such trivial things…

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    • weismonger February 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Science corrects its self…religion never does. Religion simply demands belief on pain of ever lasting torture in hell. Hmmm, does science make such threats?If so, I’ve never heard them.

      Religion and especially Christianity simply tell more lies and creates more explanations for why its has not an iota of facts, proof, or evidence to prove its gods exist. In fact, Christianity actually has a field of study called APOLOGETICS to make up new lies when the lies of Christianity are exposed. No other group, and especially science has any such field of study…to make up a new lie when an area or theory fails.

      Yes, there are those in science who get religious about their claims…but then along comes another generation of scientists…who improve techniques, get better tools, and examines what has been claimed….and either confirms that a theory is factual, or rips it to shreds. Anyone in science who FAKES or LIES…is drummed out of the field of science…. If a preacher or priest lies…they are forgiven, to go and preach more lies.

      Then comes religion who is still believing and preaching the same 2000 year old fairy tales which began as a borrowed, plagiarized myths,,,,who for centuries murdered and tortured those who questioned their fairy tales.

      I’ve never known of a single scientist….who demanded that another scientist be tortured or killed if their views differed? Have you?

      That is the difference between science and religion.

      Science is to religion….as Sunshine is to a Vampire….Poof! Gone.

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  18. Denis October 29, 2013 at 12:14 am

    If you take ten seconds to read and understand this, then (allowing for births, deaths and changes in religious persuasion), by the time that you have finished reading this, globally there will be approximately :
    - 17 more atheists.
    - 9 more theists

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  19. Jeremy Forbing October 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    1.57 billion Muslims. 1.2 billion Catholics. Another billion Hindus, and a little less than a billion non-Catholic Christians. Out of 7 billion people, more than half profess some kind of Judeo-Christian belief, and all but a billion of the rest claim another religious affiliation.

    Religion being gone in 50 years is not rational conclusion based on the facts.

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    • Denis October 29, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Given that there are still people who believe in a flat earth, it is unlikely that religions will ever die out completely,

      My own projections indicate that it is more that reasonable to conclude that the majority of the world will be atheist within 50 years.

      [based on UN population growth rates, and a composite of national religious census data from many countries round the world, and PEW surveys , and Gallup surveys]

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      • Pete UK October 29, 2013 at 5:20 am

        There will always be people who feel the need to ‘believe’ that a sky daddy is looking out for them. History has shown that new religions are created, or new factions of existing religions are started, so I doubt that they will disappear altogether with your predicted 50 years.

        What does kill religions is education, and the Internet is the greatest learning tool available today, which is why it’s claimed that it is “where religions come to die”.

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    • Dylan P. October 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Religion being gone worldwide in 50 years is very unlikely but is likely to be gone in the Western world in 50-100 years.

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    • weismonger February 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Jeremy Forbing: What the religious don’t understand is that Christians, Jews, and Moslems NO LONGER control information….although they try. When human beings are free to discuss, demand proof….and require the religious to show the benefit of religion…and make them accountable…..then RELIGION WILL LOSE.

      Atheism, Agnosticism, Naturism, Deism, Free Thinkers, and various other unrestrictive and out of the loop religions are the fastest growing philosophies and alternatives to the Big Three Lies on this planet. Why? The Internet….and unless the Big Three Liars can get control of the Internet, which is not likely….Atheism…which frees the mind, the heart, and one’s energies….will be Future.

      If you are religious….get use to OUR Freedom…..we no longer fear you or your imaginary gods.

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  20. L.J. Nielsen October 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Pfft Hammer of the Gods isn’t even close to being one of the biggest Atheist pages on FB. Try Atheist Republic and We F**king Love Atheism, THOSE are big pages. Or the Richard Dawkins Foundation page.

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    • Elvis Knucklehead October 29, 2013 at 4:17 am

      Been a member and frequent poster on Atheist Republic for a couple years. Over 800,000 “likes”.

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  21. Ryan October 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    The internet: Where religions come to die.
    ~@Ryan~

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  22. Rebecca Savastio October 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Danelle, you must have missed the big “EDITORIAL” notice at the bottom. Yes, you should write your own and make sure to label it the same way. Editorials don’t need to be balanced; that is why they are editorials. Welcome to freedom of speech in the United States.

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  23. Danelle Cheney October 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    This article should recognize the balance of those who spread the gospel and faith in God. It does not provide that balance in reporting, or else this paper should link the readers to a opposing article that juxtaposes this with “Social Media Growing Faith in God More than Ever.” Maybe I should write that one..

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    • Michael Oswald October 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Faith and fact are not balanced. Sorry, but it’s true. Fact is backed up with evidence while faith is just believing for the sake of believing. They are not equal, nor should they be. I’m not saying you can’t have faith, that is your right as a human being. But don’t expect it to be treated with the same respect as fact. Fact is provable, faith is not.

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    • Jamie Hertter October 29, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Would you like to give equal balance to atheism with every article written about religion?

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      • Chris October 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

        Absolutely! I wonder how happy Danelle will be with that.

        Oh, and why is Christianity so special? I vote that any mooted follow-up to this article is by a Hindu.

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    • Vivi Winnem October 29, 2013 at 6:55 am

      People has been giving you some good answers, so I’m just gonna look at the so called need for balance. That’s actually what’s wrong with most of media today. A reporter/journalist can’t or won’t make up his/her mind about an issue and have to have “both sides” represented no matter the headline. This isn’t good journalism, it’s quick-make-a-point-from-atleast-two-opposing-weirdos-for-the-ratings!

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