Are we the last generation of atheists?

Ranking 3rd on Adherants.com's list of the world's Major "religions", you wouldn't think of Free Thinkers as a dying breed. But, I ask; What are we doing to grow?

If you look at the modern Christian evangelical movement, they are putting up quite a front for the hearts and minds of the world's population, and in particular, it's youth. See, for instance, some of the following:

Battlecry:


Acquire the Fire:


The Passion Conference:


Clearly, the followers of Christ are putting together quite a formidable effort to recruit the youth of this nation, and of the world. Their current marketing strategies are aimed at the young hipsters of Generation Y. Past, are the days of Catholic missionaries in the jungles of Africa, attempting to cleanse the unwashed masses. Today, they are taking a whole new bent on the Christian experience: "Christ is cool".

Where are we? What are we doing? How are we fighting to right the minds of the disenfranchised youth of the planet Earth? Why aren't we putting programs, literature together to make OUR voice, the voice of reason, heard?

While Evangelist Luis Palau was in Beijing handing out free copies of his book, where were the enlightened, handing out copies of 'The God Delusion', or 'The Selfish Gene', or even Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'?

We, as a group, are a fairly enlightened, and intelligent group. Why can't we put together a marketing offensive like this? Who's gonna step up to the plate, and cleanse the minds of our future leaders? Who is going to save this world from the Religious?

Any volunteers?

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Comment by cory Skinner on August 26, 2008 at 2:22pm
As a young 18 year old atheist, who has been sent by parents to programs like "battlecry" and others, I have to say that a lot of the kids are playing along. Sure there are plenty who aren't, those who just let their minds be washed and throw their intellect out the window, but a fair amount don't. So it is not as bad as these videos seem.
I do agree that something needs to be done. I have put up a poster supporting atheism on my dorm room door, and I let young people I meet know who I am, and what I believe.
Comment by HotMess on August 26, 2008 at 1:46pm
Frankly, I think the Christians are making a lot of noise, but they really aren't having as much effect on kids as they say they are.
And the strength of Atheism lies in its calm, quiet approach to education and truth.
We don't need a marketing "offensive," though we do need to work to end the stigma and prejudice against our beliefs.
It's important to let questioners know that we're here and we're safe, and that's a good place to start.
Comment by Brad Feaker on August 26, 2008 at 1:19pm
Tex,

I am starting 1 child at a time - with my own. But I agree we need to do mare a an organized group...hopefully something we can become via a site like the Nexus. I like the billboard campaign that the Greater Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and Steve Rade are running. It's a start...

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