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Atheism on the Rocks-

Regis Nicoll

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Is God Dead - or Is Godlessness?

"At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream." (Robert Jastrow, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute)

It has been less than forty years since Time magazine asked the question, "Is God Dead?" Now the question some are asking is, "Is atheism dying?"

While atheism enjoys wide acceptance in secular Europe and the scientific community at large (including 93 percent of the National Academy of Science membership), theism is embraced by almost 90 percent of Americans and is making sustained gains in the developing world. And with birthrates in the world's theistic communities outpacing those in secular ones, it appears that atheism is destined to become a victim of its own doctrine of natural selection.

Added to those woes is news that a bastion of atheism is losing its faith--or at least allegiance. According to Science & Theology News, the Council for Secular Humanism has begun to distance itself from atheism, insisting that atheism is only a subset of humanist values.

Although the Humanist Manifesto still espouses the atheistic worldview of naturalism, its anti-God statements have softened. For example, comparing the latest version of the Manifesto (2003) with the 1933 original, the open denials of theism and deism have been replaced by the dismissal of what it terms "supernaturalism."

By all appearances, atheism seems poised for extinction in the "survival of the fittest." But how did it come to this?

Read the entire article on the Breakpoint website (new window will open).

Posted: 04-Jun-06



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