If you ever get into a religious conversation with an atheist, at one point the person almost always says "I was raised Christian..." How come you
never hear a person say "I was born an atheist..."? This simple notion is evidence that the population of atheists is growing -- religious people
are changing their minds!
In America, studies showed that 8% of people were atheist/agnostic/nonreligious in 1990
That means that the non-faithful population has
skyrocketed to almost double in 18 years!
But, why? In my opinion, it has a lot to do with the less restraint that Christianity has on people nowadays (in America, at least). It's now less
taboo to doubt God, compared to 60 years ago where if your thoughts even wondered you'd be damned to Hell.If you think back to the pre-1950s, many
people considered it taboo to even not attend church every Sunday, to support homosexuality, to have an abortion or even use birth control, etc. The
Christian Church had a much stronger hold on us back then. And now that people have the power to think freely, they may realize that they've put
their faith in something that they now realize isn't so legitimate.
Some people may see the growth in nonreligious people as a bad thing, weather it's for the sake of their religion or that they just don't like
atheists. But I see this as a good thing. I'm an atheist, and I'm gonna admit, I think religion is holding us back from advancing, scientifically
An atheist population can become more scientifically advanced, mostly because religious activists won't get in the way. For example, the only reason
evolution is a theory and not a law is because there are too many creationists in the equation. Face it, there's too much evidence and nothing to
disprove evolution. Aside from evolution, there would be so much more scientific opportunities for the future, such as stem cell research, better
birth control, origins of life on earth, searching for life on other planets, origins of the universe, and so much more. All because the Bible isn't
stopping us anymore.
Without religion (Christianity in particular), we could have a better society overall. No longer would gays, women, blacks, and anyone else looked
down on in some religions be considered lesser citizens. Kids wouldn't be bullied for their beliefs. It's a fact that, if there was no religion,
most wars wouldn't have been fought. Some say 90% of wars are started because of religion, some say only 15%, but there is no way to tell really.
There's no debating that America is becoming less and less religious. Do you think this is good or bad? What would you say is up for the future?