Christians in Denial
Paul Manata has a recent entry over at Press The Antithesis, where he tries to show that atheism has dark days ahead. Too bad his sources for this conclusion are Darwin and Hume, not exactly the best place to find contemporary, modern trend/prediction data with patterns such as collective social beliefs.
The fact is, that atheism is on the rise. In the developed world, atheism is more prevalent than it has ever been, and here is the source.
I don't want to get into too much detail, for that link has plenty of detail already. Please click on it. But I will state that the Catholic Church has been lamenting Europe's increase of secular humanism as of late. Funny that they ignore the fact that Europe's losing of religion coincides with a reduction of crime, (especially murder and rape, and other violent crimes), an increase in life expectancy, a reduction in STD infections, a reduction in teen pregnancy rates, and a reduction in infant mortality.
Not to mention that between 1990 and 2003, the "nonreligious" percentage in America doubled from 8% to 16%. How's that for growth? Any religious systems in America growing that quickly? Here is the source for that figure.
Missionaries and priests themselves will tell you, as they have told me: The only successes in evangelizing are happening in undeveloped and developing nations. In the developed world, religion is dying. Churches are closing their doors, and priests have to be imported from third world nations to make up the shortage of them (that's right, a double shortage of both church attendance and priest supply!). Just the other day, I read an article in the paper about how so many closed churches are being converted to houses and businesses and shelters, because nobody is around to worship in them anymore.
When people like Manata talk about recent trends regarding belief in society, they should stick to referencing current-day sources, not old predictions from Hume and Darwin.