Non believers of God are on numerical rise

 

The theists, throughout the world, are of the opinion that religion need not be common for humans, but the belief of god has to be universally common. “The atheist population is meagre and insignificant. The humanity survives because of belief in god and fear of god to do any detrimental deed from the centuries old social convention.” – There are utterances in adnauseum by the theists and this opinion also seems to acquire numerical strength. This is only superficial opinion. When human life becomes complex day by day such superficial opinion  cannot be realistic. A deep and  analytical scan about the society and the belief of people is required.
 
The belief in God was prevalent in primitive society. Primitive men did not know the rationale behind many natural things surrounding them. Ignorance about the rationale made them fearful about the surroundings which transformed in them as belief of god . The belief of god got strengthened subsequently due to the preachings of certain persons which enabled the formation of religions.
As knowledge and science progress, man came to know the answer for the sofar unknown but religious clutches became an obstacle and remained as hurdle to free themselves from the belief of god. Religions banned all the scientific facts which were contrary to the prescriptions in their respective religious texts. Whoever favoured the truth against the religious prescriptions is penalised and proscribed. Truth can be contained temporarily but not on permanent basis.19th and 20th centuries witnessed more scientific truth which many religions were unable to contain. They had to accept the facts, which were opposed by their religious authorities earlier.
 
In this way the hold of religion over human got loosened and many people became freethinkers. The institutional framework of religion got weakened. This led to a stage where many churches in U.K., U.S.A. and Western countries are kept closed due to non arrival of people for prayers. Rarely the people visit churches and they consider there visit more as a social get together rather than offering religious prayers. Even priestly craft of many churches is mechanically doing the prayers and rituals without any mental involvement. One priest went to an extent of openly expressing his non belief of god but still continued his profession. In Scandinavian countries only 10-15 percent of church goers are said to be believers of god. In U.S.A. the numerical strength of non believers is on the rise from 
1 percent to 5 percent. The religious institutions are getting weakened in many countries. Because of the religious prescription in the political text i.e. the respective country’s consitution, the religious fervour survives.
 
But the non believers of god are not bold enough to proclaim themselves as atheists due to the social  repugnance prevailing in the society. The collective social relationship of non believers does not find prominence. In case, the individual’s performance pitfalls are likely to cause danger and the effects are attributed to their non belief of god. There exists one sect called Kopimist in European countries, who proclaim their non belief of god openly, but engaged in unethical practices which may not sustain for ever.
 
Throughout the world, if believers of god do anything  detrimental to the society either individually or collectively, it is not quoted as a deed of god believers. But on the other hand, if an atheist does any thing with negative impact, it is projected as the deed of atheist. Under such circumstances atheists have to be cautious. When theists turned atheists are bold enought to shed down their belief of god, they should be conscious and constructive in their approaches and deeds. Collective social functioning among the atheists is the need of the hour.
 
As a pioneering effort and as a role model, the atheist movement founded by Periyar E.V.Ramasamy continues to remain as a mass movement. Atheism is practised by the cadres of Periyar movement as an alternative  culture of living. Periyar groomed the movement with the open declaration publicly as ‘No god, No god, Nowhere is god…..’  with self fortification from being detracted either to spiritual or religious paths. The organised mass movement of Periyar has remained as a bedrock for offshooting of political organisations with rationalist outlook. Such an organised atheist mass movement has to be necessarly be a role model for the collective functioning of theists turned atheists. To inculcate such atheist culture among the nonbelievers of god in other countries and to consolidate the non religious manpower of those countries in constructive endeavours for the prosperity of mankind a mass awakening is required. Globlisation of Periyar will open the eyes of non believers of god for the cause of mankind! 

 

Atheism Rises, Religiosity Declines In America

(RNS) Religiosity is on the decline in the U.S. and atheism is on the rise, according to a new worldwide poll.

 
The poll, called "The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism," found that the number of Americans who say they are "religious" dropped from 73 percent in 2005 (the last time the poll was conducted) to 60 percent.
 
At the same time, the number of Americans who say they are atheists rose, from 1 percent to 5 percent.
 
The poll was conducted by WIN-Gallup International and is based on interviews with 50,000 people from 57 countries and five continents. Participants were asked, "Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person, or a convinced atheist?"
 
The seven years between the polls is notable because 2005 saw the publication of "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris, the first in a wave of best-selling books on atheism by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and other so-called "New Atheists."
 
"The obvious implication is that this is a manifestation of the New Atheism movement," said Ryan Cragun, a University of Tampa sociologist of religion who studies American and global atheism.
 
Still, Cragun does not believe the poll shows more people are becoming atheists, but rather that more people are willing to identify as atheists.
 
"For a very long time, religiosity has been a central characteristic of the American identity," he said. "But what this suggests is that is changing and people are feeling less inclined to identify as religious to comply with what it means to be a good person in the U.S."
 
Another possible factor may be the number of atheists within organized efforts by American atheist groups to encourage those who do not believe in God to say so publicly. The Out Campaign, a project of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, was launched in 2007 and has since been endorsed by several national atheist groups.
 
The current poll confirms a declining religiosity — both at home and abroad — that's been detected in other polls. The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey found that 15 percent of Americans said they have no religion — different from being a "confirmed atheist," but nonetheless up from 8 percent in 1990.
 
Barry Kosmin, the principal investigator for the ARIS report, said he's skeptical of the new study.
 
"The U.S. trends are what we have found and would expect, but the actual numbers are peculiar to say the least," he said. "The drops in religiosity seem too sharp for the time period — people just don't change their beliefs that quickly. Most of the trend away from religion has demographic causes and demography moves 'glacially.'"
 
Specifically, he points to the poll's finding that Vietnam, while showing a sharp 23 percent drop in religiosity since 2005, also shows no atheists. "Eight million Communist Party members but zero atheists?" he said. "That statistic makes me very doubtful of the accuracy of the survey overall and some of the international comparisons."
Other findings from the poll include:
 
Besides Vietnam, Ireland had the greatest change in religiosity, down from 69 percent to 47 percent.
 
China has the most "convinced atheists," at 47 percent, followed by Japan (31 percent), Czech Republic (30 percent) and France (29 percent)
 
The most religious countries are in Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya), South America (Brazil, Peru) and Eastern Europe (Macedonia, Romania, Armenia).
 
Countries with the same percentage of atheists as the U.S. are Poland, Moldova and Saudi Arabia.
 
Courtesy:  Huff Post Religion,
 The Internet News Paper – August 22, 2012