Let’s face it: secularism is growing
in the United States.
There, I said it. I don’t like it, but
even a casual glance at the religious landscape over the course of my lifetime
demonstrates that the number of people attending worship services on Sunday
mornings (or alternative days) has declined from the 1960s or even the 1970s.
While the increase in “no religious affiliation”
is real, it is my belief that it is unlikely that the rise in the “no religious
affiliation” crowd is due to some overwhelming acceptance of atheism. While
there are some atheists who make reasonable arguments against theism, most of
the fare available on the Internet are rather humdrum arguments that have long
ago been answered. An in-depth evaluation of these arguments may convince the
already committed, but would have little impact on someone seeking truth.
Rather, it seems to me that the real
cause for the increase of the “no affiliation” crowd is the rise in a general…