Requiem for atheism

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A common retort atheists make on the Atheism Is Dead Instagram page is that “atheism is rising.” Here’s why that’s not true and why atheists feel the need to use it as an argument.

Tell an atheist that there are far, far more theists in the world than atheists and you’ll get some snarky response like “Numbers don’t matter” or statement (misstatement) of some category of fallacy such as “appeal to authority” or, more accurately, an “appeal to popularity”. Despite knowing this category of fallacy, atheists will still peddle the notion that atheism is rising. This notion is no less an appeal to popularity but atheists will conveniently adjust positions to suit a particular argument or debate, a tactic we like to call with a term we’ve coined: arbitrary posturing. Why do atheists have a need to call out a fallacy and then turn around to commit it themselves whenever it is convenient? The answer is simple: To project an image of imminent dominance and obscure the fact that atheists have been the global minority for thousands of years.

So is atheism rising? Not really. According to Pew, atheism is projected to decline globally.  Here’s a graph (click here for source) from Pew that shows the percentage of the unaffiliated declining. Now, mind you, because someone is unaffiliated doesn’t make them an atheist. What that means is that atheists are even a smaller segment of the global population than the unaffiliated.

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Pew even goes on to say:

Some social theorists have suggested that as countries develop economically, more of their residents will move away from religious affiliation, as has been seen in Europe. But there is little evidence of such a phenomenon in Muslim-majority countries. Moreover, in Hindu-majority India, religious affiliation is still nearly universal despite rapid economic and social change.

So the future for atheism is grim. Advancement in technology and an increasingly educated population are no guarantees people will move away from religious affiliation, much less become atheists.

Cracking Enigma: Atheists get it wrong

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Recently we asked atheists on our Instagram page who they thought was the first person to crack the German Nazi Enigma, an act that many believed ushered in an end to WWII.

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It wasn’t a surprise when many atheists responded with Alan Turing as their answer.

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However, Alan Turing is not entirely the correct answer. This is possibly because the two movies on the subject, The Imitation Game and Enigma, are centered around Alan Turing and atheists tend to pass around fallacious information on Instragram without taking the time to research the matter thoroughly.  Alan Turing alone cannot be credited with the success of cracking the Enigma. Poland was first able to decipher the Enigma. At the forefront of this work was the Polish mathematician Marian Rejewski. In fact, there is a plaque in Bletchley Park which states in “commemorating the work of Marian Rejewsk, Jerzy Rozycki and Henryk Zygalski, mathematicians of the Polish intelligence service, in first breaking the Enigma code.” The US CIA page also attributes Poland with first breaking the code here.

And here is Sarah Knapton from the Science section of The Telegraph stating “But few people realise that early Enigma codes had already been broken by the Poles who then passed on the knowledge to Britain shortly before the outbreak of war”

Sorry, atheists.

And so it begins..

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This is what we’re going to do. We’re going to focus on criticisms of atheism, the implications atheism has, the actions of atheists – specifically the anti-theist and New Atheist – and we’re going to debunk them. We’ll look at the massive amounts of fallacious content atheists are produce across various social media and debunk them. We make no claims, we don’t ask you to believe in anything.