Atheists are worrying studies show atheism is shrinking. Why is atheism on the decline?http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki /List_of_religious_populations
Main category: Religious demographics
Sources outside of Wikipedia give differing estimates:
Note the (July 2012) date.
The CIA's World Factbook gives the world population as 7,021,836,029 (July 2012 est.) and the distribution of religions as Christian 33.39%(of which Roman Catholic 16.85%, Protestant 6.15%, Orthodox 3.96%, Anglican 1.26%), Muslim 22.74%, Hindu 13.8%, Buddhist 6.77%, Sikh 0.35%, Jewish 0.22%, Baha'i 0.11%, other religions 10.95%, atheists 2.01%
persecution. A 2006 study by researchers at the University of Minnesotainvolving a poll of 2,000 households in theUnited States found atheists to be the most distrusted of minorities,
In 2012, an article entitled Atheism in decline by Nigel Tomes declared:
In 1970 atheists (those avowing there is no God) numbered 166 million worldwide; that was almost one-in-twentyÃ¢ÂÂ4.5% of the globeÃ¢ÂÂs population. By 2012 atheistsÃ¢ÂÂ number is estimated at 137 million. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs a decline of almost 30 million. Since world population is growing, atheistsÃ¢ÂÂ share declined to less than one-in-fiftyÃ¢ÂÂunder 2% in 2012. Put differently, every 24 hours there are 800 fewer atheists in the world! Atheism is in decline.
Now that Christopher Hitchens has died...it seems that atheism is constantly going downhill.
And to top it all off...
Recently I was reading an article on how atheism is on the decline at http://www.shockawenow.net in the LINKS area. It seems that us atheists are not making good enough progress. The study shows atheism is actually now going backwards and shrinking world wide. About 300 people per day are leaving atheism as a result of the new world economy and atheism not answering the problems people have. What can we do as atheists to turn the tide and help atheism grow again..and not shrink any longer? Any ides?
Poor atheist what can be done to save their religion! Oh please help them!