The Internet and the rise of Atheism

@KeenoT (31)
United States
October 31, 2010 12:43pm CST
There seems to be an increase in Atheism lately and it seems to coincide with the invention of the Internet. It seems to be like a meeting place where people of like minds can find one another and find courage in each others presence. I get this opinion from reading message boards on places like Yahoo and Youtube. But what do you think? Is Atheism on the rise and if you think so do you think it is because of the Internet or some other reason? Do you think Atheists are going to become a large percentage of the population? Is religion going to die out? What role does education play?
11 responses
• United States
31 Oct 10
Atheists have always been around. The Internet just made it easy for them to talk about that they believe (or don't believe) in. Atheists will always be around and so will religion. They both can't die out, although in these recent times, it looks like both will die out but I think that that's just impossible. Education can introduce people to other ways of thinking and present them in the most extensive and comprehensive way. Apart from this, education should also encourage children to think openly and not to persecute people who believe differently than they do.
@vijay12 (1643)
• India
31 Oct 10
There was the so called "dualism",in the 17th century.This was the precursor to Atheism in the West but in India, Atheism was known more than 2000 years ago,which was defeated by "logical" arguments. In modern times Atheism is generally used by the Globalists to shatter cultures,as most are based on religion and hence a belief in God.Globalists feel that for forming ONE WORLD TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT the existing cultural beliefs are an impediment. Even the book,"Clash Of Civilizations",is suspected to be a Globalist propaganda,by first attacking the Muslims.Later it will be the turn of the Hindus,Buddhists,Jains and many others,not necessarily by a War but others like economic conquests, which is going on India,to make the Nations lose their Sovereignty for forming the said,OWTG.
@wmraul (2557)
• Bucharest, Romania
31 Oct 10
So you think that if Samuel P. Huntington (which may or may be not a atheist) writed a book, that mean ALL atheists belive in that ? You confuse atheism with masonery ... Guys from and behind Monsanto, for example, are not atheists.
@vijay12 (1643)
• India
31 Oct 10
Sorry.You are saying which I never said.Pl read the post carefully.
• United States
1 Nov 10
As somewhat of an atheist, I'd say atheism is just from a growing lack of faith all around the world spread through everything. We still have a large amount of super believers. Considering many highly educated people stick to religion I wouldn't put much on education.
@KeenoT (31)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Many are but many aren't also. Studies have been done that show the more education one has the less likely you are to be religious. You are even less likely to be an evangelical christian, meaning you don't take the bible literally. Some fields of education are less likely than others. You can check out this study at http://religion.ssrc.org/reforum/Gross_Simmons.pdf which was done on college professors.
@rinfour (250)
• Philippines
1 Nov 10
I think people are just being more vocal about their disbelief in God...Atheism is not on the rise and I do not think any religion will die out anytime soon. As much as non-believers are becoming active on the internet, many causes are also on the rise.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Nov 10
Personally, I don't think there is a rise in atheism, but rather the internet seems to make it more prominent. As you said you live in the Bible Belt so you probably don't see many atheist there but you get online and they come from all over. I don't really care what other ppl believe in, just what I believe in. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
• Philippines
1 Nov 10
well i know a person whos an atheist. hes an RC by religion but the way he talks hes an atheist for me. some ppl just question their faith just like me. im not like this before but later in life i started to question the things i used to believe.
@Galena (9123)
31 Oct 10
atheists are a very large part of the population. I don't think that this is because of the internet, I think it's because people know now that they can make their own choices. parents are no longer regarded as the OWNER of their children. so if your ideas are different from your parents, you don't feel obliged to bury them anymore. I do think that the internet has a lot to do with the rise of non mainstream religions though. because people who feel differently to religions they know of can search around and find that there are names for the beliefs they feel in their heart are true. whearas before, many people lived their life thinking that they were alone in their beliefs and that there was no name for it.
• United States
31 Oct 10
Atheists have been around for a long time. The Internet just made it easy for them to talk about what they believe in (or don't believe in). Atheists and religion have existed for a very long time. A lot of religious people have turned into atheists while a lot of atheists have turned to religion later in life. It's a constant conversation, really, and it doesn't seem like one will overtake the other. As far as belief goes in education, I think that education should provide children with an extensive and comprehensive understanding of other belief systems. This shouldn't teach children how to reject other people from other religions. Instead, this should encourage them to think and be more open-minded and accepting of other belief systems and religions.
@wmraul (2557)
• Bucharest, Romania
31 Oct 10
Just to be clear: I am not an atheist. Now, let's see .. you say atheism is become more popular because of internet. I say not, is just you who didn't knew about because most of religions claim full silence on the subject - and is obviously why while atheism put the doubt on religon. But atheism does not mean lack of belive. Just beliving in something else than religions belive. Ah, and there are far more atheists than you know and always were, just you didn't notice them. Just think: Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus ..
@primeaque86 (8112)
• Philippines
31 Oct 10
I am pointing my own opinion now, but i guess internet has nothing to do with it as this can be religious meeting place as well... The rise of atheism is brought out by religion itself! See? Religion talks about God, but are they united? Atheist, are they united? Yes they are.. Note, i am not an atheist, but i consider their important explanation about everything. Einstien said, the most incomprensible thing in the universe is that comprehensible! Atheist are simply smart, i guess there is no bad in being smart! All we need in this world is unity! I do believe in God, but i chooses to keep it within me!
• United States
31 Oct 10
Atheism is not on the rise, it is simply becoming less unspeakable for non-believers to be open about their opinions. It's still a major taboo and many people are still very hateful and bigoted but it's not as bad as it used to be.