Essay: Atheist evangelists and Hiroo Onada

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The Japanese soldier Lt. Hiroo Onada

What do atheist evangelists and the Japanese soldier Lt. Hiroo Onada have in common?

Who is Lt. Hiroo Onada?

An excerpt of a biography of Hiroo Onada reads:

In 1944, Lt. Hiroo Onoda was sent by the Japanese army to the remote Philippine island of Lubang. His mission was to conduct guerrilla warfare during World War II. Unfortunately, he was never officially told the war had ended; so for 29 years, Onoda continued to live in the jungle, ready for when his country would again need his services and information. Eating coconuts and bananas and deftly evading searching parties he believed were enemy scouts, Onoda hid in the jungle until he finally emerged from the dark recesses of the island on March 19, 1972.[1]

Militant atheist soldiers, the war is over

Why is the Christianity vs. atheism war over?

The New Atheism movement is supposedly a militant atheism movement. When the leading member of the New Atheism movement Richard Dawkins admits he is a wimpy agnostic, you know atheism lost the Christianity vs. atheism war badly.[2] Of course, given the great wealth of proof and evidence for Christianity, this is certainly not surprising.

Specifically, although Dawkins declared that he was an agnostic in 2006 and 2012, in 2002 Richard Dawkins publicly argued for the position of militant atheism and claimed that he will not feel anything after death (see also: Ex-atheists).[3] In other words atheists, the former militant atheist Richard Dawkins retreated into the wimpy position of agnosticism. One of the definitions of machismo is an "exhilarating sense of power or strength".[4] Agnostics often call themselves "weak atheist". Of course, weakness is antithetical to machismo! Please see the essay Does Richard Dawkins have machismo?.

If that wasn't bad enough for atheism, consider this information:

Global atheism is in decline in terms of the number of its adherents and the grassroots Question evolution! campaign by Creation Ministries International could certainly accelerate this decline.[5]

In 2011, the American Spectator declared concerning research published in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research:

The report estimates about 80,000 new Christians every day, 79,000 new Muslims every day, and 300 fewer atheists every day. These atheists are presumably disproportionately represented in the West, while religion is thriving in the Global South, where charismatic Christianity is exploding."[6]

Decline of atheism in terms of global adherents is expected to accelerate

See also: Atheist Population and Resources for leaving atheism and becoming a Christian

Eric Kaufmann, a professor at Birkbeck, University of London, using a a wealth of demographic studies argues the decline of atheism in terms of its global adherents is an established trend that will persist for the foreseeable future and the rate of decline will accelerate.[7][8][9][10] In addition, Kaufmann argues that religious conservatism has a long term trend of rising and that their influence in the world will significantly increase.[11] Kaufmann is author of the book Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?.[12][13] In the Western World due to immigration and the higher birth rates of religious people, Kaufman writes: "Committed religious populations are growing in the West, and will reverse the march of secularism before 2050."[14]

For more information please see: Atheist population

Global atheism and male and female demographic imbalance

See also: Atheism and women

Surveys by country

In November of 2010, Discover Magazine published survey results published by the World Values Survey which showed significant differences between the percentage of men and women who are atheists for various countries.[15]

United States surveys

A 2008 study by Trinity College found that women are significantly more religious than men in America.[16] In 2007, the Pew Research Center found that American women were more religious than American men.[17]

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American secularism

See also: American atheism

The Birkbeck College, University of London professor Eric Kaufman wrote in his 2010 book Shall the Righteous Inherit the Earth? concerning America:

High evangelical fertility rates more than compensated for losses to liberal Protestant sects during the twentieth century. In recent decades, white secularism has surged, but Latino and Asian religious immigration has taken up the slack, keeping secularism at bay. Across denominations, the fertility advantage of religious fundamentalists of all colours is significant and growing. After 2020, their demographic weight will begin to tip the balance in the culture wars towards the conservative side, ramping up pressure on hot-button issues such as abortion. By the end of the century, three quarters of America may be pro-life. Their activism will leap over the borders of the 'Redeemer Nation' to evangelize the world. Already, the rise of the World Congress of Families has launched a global religious right, its arms stretching across the bloody lines of the War on Terror to embrace the entire Abrahamic family.[18]

10 reasons why American atheism will be cut by at least 50%

10 reasons why American atheism will be cut by at least 50%

2010 Global Atheist Convention

See also: Atheism and cowardice

In 2010, the prominent atheists who attended the 2010 global atheist conference, which included Richard Dawkins, were challenged to a debate by Creation Ministries International.[19] Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers and other prominent atheists refused to debate the creation scientists at Creation Ministries International.[20] Generally speaking, creation scientists tend to win the creation vs. evolution debates.

PZ Myers also refuses to debate Vox Day on the existence of God or concerning evolution [21]

Question evolution! campaign

Global atheism is in decline in terms of the number of its adherents and the grassroots Question evolution! campaign could certainly accelerate this decline.[22] Also, the article Will American atheism be cut by at least 50%? cites 10 major obstacles facing American atheism.

See also: Question evolution! campaign and Atheists doubting the validity of atheism

Since World War II a majority of the most prominent and vocal defenders of the theory of evolution which employs methodological naturalism have been atheists.[23] In 2011, a campaign called the Question evolution! campaign was launched by the biblical creation organization Creation Ministries International which is a worldwide "grass-roots movement to challenge the anti-Christian dogma of evolution".[24] The focus of the Question evolution! campaign is on "15 questions that evolutionists cannot satisfactorily answer."[25] The 15 questions posed to evolutionists (and undecided individuals) can be found HERE The campaign will be primarily conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.[26]

YouTube and Reddit atheists and evolutionists have been unable to satisfactorily answer the 15 questions for evolutionists as can be seen by these two videos:

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Notes

  1. The War is Over . . . Please Come Out
  2. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machismo
  3. Thriving Christianity
  4. 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
  5. Eric Kaufmann: Shall The Religious Inherit The Earth?
  6. Eric Kaufmann's Atheist Demographic series
  7. Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  8. 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
  9. Shall the religious inherit the earth by David Kaufmann
  10. Early paper - 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
  11. Early paper - 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
  12. Sex differences in global atheism, part N
  13. http://www.americanreligionsurvey-aris.org/reports/NONES_08.pdf
  14. http://www.livescience.com/culture/090227-religion-men-women.html
  15. Why are 2012 and 2020 key years for Christian creationists and pro-lifers?
  16. http://www.truefreethinker.com/articles/richard-dawkins-cowardly-clown
  17. http://www.truefreethinker.com/articles/richard-dawkins-cowardly-clown
  18. Speaking of Assiduous Absconders
  19. Question evolution! campaign
  20. Question evolution! campaign
  21. http://creation.com/question-evolution
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