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Sunday, June 26, 2016

2016: Two signs it is looking like a BAD year for American atheism

In the last couple years, American atheism has been in the doldrums. The dust has settled from Richard Dawkins being routed by feminists and the death of the late Christopher Hitchens. Now a spirit of pessimism, apathy and defeatism weighs down the psyches of many American atheists.

Given the shrinking of global atheism in terms of its percentage of adherents, American atheism is running out of runway in terms of ever achieving cultural dominance. The flood of religious immigrants to Europe is a testimony the power of globalization.

On July 24, 2013, CNS News reported:
Atheism is in decline worldwide, with the number of atheists falling from 4.5% of the world’s population in 1970 to 2.0% in 2010 and projected to drop to 1.8% by 2020, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass.

And it looks like 2016 will be a BAD year for American atheism. 

First sign: Google trends: Searches for the terms "atheism" and "atheist" in the last 12 months  

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Second sign: The Atheist Delusion video will be released in 2016 and receive millions of views