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  •  it is interesting to note that today I heard a (5+ / 0-)

    radio preacher declare atheism is the greatest threat to Western Civilization as we know it.  This is quite a claim for a philosophical view that did not emerge until the 16th Century and was not affirmatively espoused until the 18th Century.  This means in 2-4 centuries, this philosophy has grown to rival the world's greatest theosophical movements, dating back 2000 years.
    (note: article has problem distinguishing between philosophical views that take no position on the existence of deities vs the assertion that no gods exist or ever have)

    Now in profession, 85% of the US are nominally Christian though I would hazard a guess that fewer than 20% are "practicing" Christians and the rest are Nietzsche's idea of "Christian Pharisees".  It seems despite a vigorous, noisy minority determined to establish a theocracy in the US, most Americans are actually secularists or apathists in terms of their practice of religion.

    We have already seen the apparent death of religion in EU and GB, with Africa and SA being the areas of greatest growth for Christianity currently.  The question for today is if Man has outgrown his need for a divine nightlight or if he will continue to need imaginary friends in high places      

    •  I love the phrase (2+ / 0-)
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      'divine nightlight.' Very nice.

      "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." ~ Samuel Johnson

      by Spencer Troxell on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 11:44:18 AM PST

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    •  It's a Useful Myth for Keeping the Little People (2+ / 0-)
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      satisfied with almost none of the pie. I see a robust future for religion here in the US.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 12:16:59 PM PST

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    •  I would say in response to (0+ / 0-)
      atheism is the greatest threat to Western Civilization as we know it.
      that Western Civilization "as we know it" could profit from an examination of the alleged threat vs. what "Western civilization as we know it" actually means.

      There is in my opinion a great deal of room for criticism of Western Civilization "as we know it."  Personally, I would like to know a Western Civilization marked by a great deal more wisdom, tolerance and compassion than the self-delusional pseudo-piety that it presently projects.

      Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

      by ZedMont on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 08:21:44 PM PST

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