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Category Archive: Why atheism is winning

Mar 17 2011

Why atheism is winning-11: Some concluding thoughts

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The last hope of religion is the fear of death. Fear of death is what religion thinks of as its trump card. In any discussion with believers, they will invariably get around to talking about how you (as an atheist) are risking your immortal soul and ask …

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Mar 15 2011

Why atheism is winning-10: Religion and insecurity

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) In this post, I want to look at what is happening in the US and why. The US is the outlier nation in that it still maintains high levels of religiosity despite its modernity. Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman in their article titled Why the gods are …

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Mar 10 2011

Why atheism is winning-9: The global picture

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman in a long article titled Why the gods are not winning point out that the percentage of Christians worldwide is declining, that of Hindus is stagnant even as the proportion of people in its homeland India is rising, and the proportion of …

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Mar 08 2011

Why atheism is winning-8: Objective measures of religion’s decline

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) There are more concrete signs that the end of religion is nigh than the ones I gave in the previous post in this series. We have the phenomenon of churches closing all over the place. In Cleveland, the Catholic diocese closed a huge number of churches recently, …

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Mar 03 2011

Why atheism is winning-7: Signs of religion’s decline

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) The idea that religion is in a period of inexorable decline is, unsurprisingly, not one that is shared by religious apologists. In fact, Alastair McGrath in his book The Twilight of Atheism argues the opposite, that it is atheism that is in decline. I have not read …

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Feb 28 2011

Has atheism won already?

Some of you may be wondering what has happened to my series of essays on why atheism is winning. Do not fret, it has not been forgotten! It has just been displaced as the focus of the daily essay by the more immediate and timely issues of labor and the struggles in the Middle East. …

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Feb 25 2011

Why atheism is winning-6: The death of religious philosophy

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Keith Parsons, a professor of philosophy at the University of Houston, recently caused a bit of a stir when he said that he has given up teaching the philosophy of religion to his students because all the arguments for religion, old and new, have been so effectively …

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Feb 22 2011

Why atheism is winning-5: The battle for hearts and minds

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) Although the Archbishop of Canterbury says he opposes new atheists for our ‘less tolerant attitude towards religion’, what I think is driving his concern is the fear that the new atheist message is reaching the ordinary flock. After all, atheists are currently in the minority. We have …

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Feb 21 2011

Why atheism is winning-4: The new and decisive shift by the new atheists

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) In the previous posts, I said that it is the firm knowledge that almost everything in religious texts like the Bible and the Koran are fiction that will destroy religion. But right now that knowledge largely exists amongst a small group of theologians and philosophers of religion …

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Feb 16 2011

Why atheism is winning-2: Religion’s Achilles heel

(For previous posts in this series, see here.) In the previous post, I looked at some of the theoretical arguments made by accommodationists for not criticizing religion and discussed why I did not think them very credible. The other arguments that accommodationists make are practical ones. Belief in a god, we are told, serves some …

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