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ByTodd Strandberg  on Nearing Midnight

About seven years ago, it was proclaimed by the mainstream media that we were living in the age of a “New Atheism.” The New York Times bestseller lists had about a dozen books on the subject. Atheist meetings were popping up all over the country, and major celebrities were coming out of the closet—to proudly declare their lack of faith in a deity.


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The movement had strong leadership: Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. They became known as the “Four Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse,” an obvious mocking reference to the biblical Four Horsemen from the book of Revelation. Dawkins was the science guy, Hitchens was the debater, Harris was the politician, and Dennett was the philosopher.

The New Atheism movement reached its pinnacle on March of 2012 with a Reason Rally in Washington D.C. On that cold rainy day, around 25,000 people were in attendance. The purpose of the rally was not really clear. It was mostly driven by the idea of having the “largest secular event in world history.” Who am I to spoil this alleged milestone; but a million people watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve seems like more of a secular event to me.

Over the past four years, I’ve been greatly amused by watching this fledgling empire of Christian disbelief collapse under its own weight. The first sign of trouble was the lack of follow-up to their core anti-God message. Books likeThe God Delusion, God Is Not Great, and The End of Faith sold well by laying out all the old standard arguments that God is a meanie.

When these same authors published follow-up books that talked about the wonders of the universe and science, the public showed very little interest.

The greatest problem with the New Atheism movement is this: When you take God of the picture mankind will seek to deify himself. The new atheists fail to notice that our species is doomed to be under some form of “religion.”

The first group to invade the New Atheism movement were radical feminists. They demanded that sexism awareness should become a key part of the movement. They caused numerous splits by introducing the idea that a person can only be a feminist or a chauvinist. Someone defined radical feminism this way: “It’s no longer about the legitimacy of women’s original complaints, but the inherent injustice of their proposed solutions.”

The equality flood gates were turned wide open when the LGBTQ folks added their grievances to the roster of every New Atheism meeting. As the New Atheism ideals became overrun with people who had their own special agendas, the result was a movement that had very little to do with secular humanistic values. The best example of this mess is the Code of Conduct for the 2016 Reason Rally attendees:

The Reason Rally Coalition does not tolerate harassment of or by participants in any form. Prohibited conduct may include—but is not limited to—harassment related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces (not related to convention sessions or materials), deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

The 2016 Reason Rally took place June 4th on the Washington D.C. mall, and it only had around 2,000 people. Since 20,000 people visit the area each day, there is no telling how many tourists unrelated to the rally were counted as attendees. The cost of the event was $1 million; which comes to $500 per person.

The organizers of that Reason Rally would have suffered an even deeper embarrassment if the D.C. police hadn’t blocked efforts by Christian groups to proselytize to the atheists at the rally.

Author, Ray Comfort, had registered about 1,000 fellow Christians to join him at the Reason Rally to hand out copies of Comfort’s new book, and $25,000-worth of Subway sandwich gift cards to non-believers “as a gesture of Christian love.” Since the Rally turned out to be a huge bust, Comfort’s army of Christians would be hard pressed to give away all the gift cards.

I think there is a prophetic reason why atheism has fizzled out. Bible prophecy warns that the Tribulation hour will see the rise of the “great whore” religion that will join together all faiths. Since atheism doesn’t fit in with the diversity wave that has every “ism” group singing in one giant choir, it’s being devoured by the coming harlot church. The rapid evaporation of the New Atheism movement is a strong indication that the scarlet woman is putting on her make-up and about to make her debut.

“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Revelation 17:1-5).

 


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