According to Oxford's Alister McGrath, Atheism's "future seems increasingly to lie in the private beliefs of individuals rather than in the great public domain it once regarded as its habitat"<quoted text>
I agree in a large part, but then atheists are usually the more educated portion of the population. Can you explain this disparity in a little more detail for me please?
Are you talking about college degrees on a more 'vocational' curriculum? More 'how to' manuals and less focus on critical thinking skill, perhaps.
Also, what about the field of Psychiatry....working with personality disorders on both the medical and therapeautic levels. Let's face it some people crave the crutch of religion.
I don't think mankind will ever abandon religion completely, the human condition is what it is....in all it's beautiful variaty.
I personally, would like to see the stigma removed from atheism and to see religion safely in the minority at the very least. We have enough problems with fundamentalists trying to control legislation, education and society's notions of morality.
Reasons cited for the decline of atheism include:
Substantive challenges to naturalistic explanations for the origin of life;
Substantive challenges to psychological theories viewing religion as a pathology, and a scientific demonstration of the health benefits of a spiritual life;
Philosophical challenges to the presuppositions and axioms of atheism, such as materialism;
The decline of Marxism and Leninism;
Tenuousness of belief in atheism by many of its own believers;
Reduction in atheism and resurgence of theistic belief worldwide;
Inhuman acts committed by atheists throughout the 20th century.
July 3, 2005, the New York Times
"A return to religion in Romania and the region's other formerly Communist countries has in many places outrun the speed at which the church can screen and train clergy..."
In atheistic Communist China, Christianity is experiencing explosive growth
In 2011, the American Spectator citing research published in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research reported that atheism is on the decline as a whole in terms of adherents .
The American Spectator declared:
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."
In 2012, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary reported that globally every day there are 800 less atheists per day, 1,100 less non-religious (agnostic) people per day and 83,000 more people professing to be Christians per day
In 2012, a Georgetown University study was published indicating that only about 30 percent of those who grow up in an atheist household remain atheists as adults.
A 2008 survey of 35,000 Americans by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life revealed that 21% of those claiming to be atheists said they believed in God. The same study revealed that 55% of those claiming to be agnostics and 66% of those claiming to be secular unaffiliated also believed in God.
://www.scribd.com/doc/54298794 /Pew-survey-21-of-atheists-bel ieve-in-God