Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

A fellow "heathen" forwarded this article to me from a Christian web site. It seems there are concerns among the religious that the internet is allowing non-theist people to connect, spreading critical thinking and skepticism that could be eroding away at the growth of Christianity among the younger members of our society (as if that was a bad thing ;-)).

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/tech/features/26539-will-th...

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Comment by Atheist Exile on August 25, 2011 at 5:13am
I think that if Christians learn that they have no logical leg to stand on, they'll quit insisting they have some sort of rational basis for faith.  They will have to accept their faith for what it is: belief without the benefit of evidence.

Once they do that, then there's no longer anything to argue and fight about.  Their beliefs will simply be their personal preference -- something they simply feel or want.  Imagine that, faith without conflict.

The conflict arises from attempts to produce reason from faith.  It's denial of faith: not the embrace of faith.  Take away their rationale and you take away the part that poisons everything.
Comment by R.C Moore on August 25, 2011 at 1:53am
It is more than just internet -- instant access to facts will require people to temper their prejudices an all areas, not just religion.

Or withdraw from society.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 24, 2011 at 11:55pm

I wonder if there isn't just a shift in the type of religious authority figure. Instead of the pastor, who tightly controls the message within his church, we're getting the religious celebrity who plays to the lowest emotional and mental common denominator, successfully gaining market share in the great entertainment/misinformation media marketplace.

Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2011 at 5:05pm
I wouldn't think that the Internet would kill christianity.   I think they fear Atheist networking with one another and sharing our ideas. Therefore, we become a bigger threat to the christians.
Comment by Sentient Biped on August 24, 2011 at 11:54am
Mike I hope you're right. On the other hand, it seems to me that the hyper-religious are becoming more vocal influential and powerful in the internet era. The political situation is the Republican party, once the party of business and "Main Street", is now the party of the religious evangelical. So I wonder if it's going the other way. I would rather you be right than me.

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