reply to post by KnawLick
I think we're actually agreeing for the most part, but shouldn't we take into consideration the fact that people of all ages finally have easy access
to information? This is a relatively new resource if you think about it, only the last 15 years have we had the world at our fingertips, before that
whatever your local library had and what other people told you was what the vast majority relied on.
Today, instead of having to take the word of your parents or church on things, you can actually research it yourself as extensively as you'd like.
New ideas and ways to look at things get introduced, both good and bad. Because of the nature of the internet and you mention this yourself, people
are much more likely to speak negatively about religion without fear of retribution. In the past, many had doubts or questions, but remained silent.
This can't be ignored.
Let's be honest, the true history of pretty much all religion is somewhat dubious and when a young mind discovers this, it's understandable to at
least question it, then their parents or church defend those actions or don't explain things properly and doubt can easily turn to complete rejection.
The fall of family values hasn't been good either, without direction, it's a lot easier for children to go a different way, but you also have to
consider that many parents themselves are losing their faith, which the church has brought on themselves. The greed, depravity and callas attitudes
are unforgivable to many people.
So with religious followers becoming more desperate to matter and feeling like the world is trying to attack their beliefs and atheists responding to
this just as passionately you end up with seemingly fewer moderates and maybe your perception of things.
If you look at the ATS demographics, I bet you find a large percentage of the "faithful" are probably "older" and as for the atheist posters being
younger, I just couldn't say. It could be that as people learn and mature more, many realize there just might be more to the universe than what
science can prove and therefore move more towards the middle leaving more "younger" true atheists.
They say knowledge is power, I'd just love a little wisdom.
edit on 11-6-2012 by Paschar0 because: (no reason given)