Why Talk So Much About Atheism?
by Bill Pratt
If you’ve read this blog for any period of time, you’ve probably noticed that there are quite a few blog posts dedicated to discussions of atheism (there is no god or gods) and the philosophy of naturalism (all that exists is found in the material universe). Atheism and naturalism generally go together, although not always.
Some of you may wonder why I (Bill) should spend so much time talking about atheistic naturalism when less than 5% of the population explicitly subscribes to this worldview. Most of us don’t personally know practicing, outspoken atheists, so why bother addressing this worldview so often? That’s a good question and one that I’ve asked myself.
The answer is that although the general populations of Europe and North America (the areas of the world that impact American culture the most) are not explicitly atheist, the percentages go way up for those who inhabit the highest levels in academia. The academic world’s embrace of atheistic naturalism is unique among all the challengers to Christianity.
This may just confirm for some of you that academics are “not right in the head” or “out in left field” and that we should just ignore them. While some of them may be like that, we ignore them at our peril. I firmly believe that the ideas that are imbibed in the universities among academics eventually make their way to the general population. History has proven this out time and again…
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