16th July 2009

“From a miniscule presence in 1900, a mere 0.2% of the globe, these systems [agnosticism and atheism] are today expanding at the extraordinary rate of 8.5 million new converts each year, and are likely to reach one billion adherents soon. A large percentage of their members are the children, grandchildren or the great-great-grandchildren of persons who in their lifetimes were practicing Christians.”

World Christian Encyclopedia

4 Responses to “16th July 2009”

  1. Chris Says:

    If we could just have this kind of success with Muslims…

  2. Chris Says:

    What I like about this is that the people we’re discussing are making a conscious choice not to believe. This is different than the default atheism children have before they are indoctrinated into a faith. It becomes harder and harder to believe in magic after you realize that there are no miracles. When is the last time somebody prayed back a missing arm, after all?

    Jesus is said to have restored people’s sight but… there were lots of sight restoring prophets in those days and there are certain brain tumors where vision loss is intermittent. Not to mention the fact that the biblical writers didn’t actually SEE these things and had a strong motivation to, um, embellish. Does any serious person believe in weeping statues today? No.

    We have a different and superior standard of proof than ignorant iron-age peasants. I, for one, am glad we are moving in the direction of acting like it.

  3. Rozmarija Grauds Says:

    “Practicing” does not always mean one gets the hang of it.

  4. Betsy Says:

    this quote makes me happy