Atheism, all the rage? June 8, 2007Posted by Joe in agnosticism, atheism, belief, blogs, books, freethought, god, internet, life, media, religion, skepticism, theism.
I’ve been an atheist since I was about 14. At the time I didn’t call myself that because I hadn’t even heard the word before. I didn’t believe there was a god though, so when I happened upon the word I snapped it up with no reservations.
In the last few months atheism seems to be everywhere! I see it mentioned on TV in news shows and entertainment shows, there are a number of books out related to atheism on the best seller lists and the authors are doing the interview circuit.
In doing this blog for only a few weeks I have noticed that the atheism posts get a lot more views (10+ times as many) as any other post I make. I bet my posts about morality would get a lot more traffic if I tagged them as being about atheism.
What’s all this hubbub about atheism? Is it just a fad? Does it reflect an American backlash against the current religious right political power or increased religious extremism? Or does it reflect an increased general mistrust of religion in America? Is America becoming less religious?