You'd realy, realy like to believe that, wouldn't you? For a start there never was an 'atheistic age' and scientific truth (the 99.99recurring% sort of objective truth) is slowly but surely forming the background of human lives. There may be groups here and there who can't bear to accept that there is no supernatural,, and they have, and will, perhaps always should, retain the right to believe that. This I relufctantly accept, although it means millions of future children being indoctrinated into believing something for which zero evidence exists.Quote
I'm aware of most of this, but I'm glad to see you cite it. It's very much the kind of skepticism that Rupert Sheldrake was referring to as a sort of cleansing that has led us in the direction of a post atheism age:
Because, it seems to me, of your lack of understanding of the word atheism, I would say it is you who uses the term loosely and imprecisely!!Quote
The one quibble I'd have with your analysis is how loosely you use the term "atheism." In many cases, it would be more appropriate to call it agnosticism.
That is another thing you'd really, really like to believe, isn't it?! What about the atheists in ancient Greece? What about all those, whose names we shall never know, who were quietly sceptical before that? And, more importantly, you seem to be gliding past all the examples of pre-Christian non-god beliefs which Matt mentioned.Quote
There has always been doubt in Christianity. That's where scientific skepticism came from in the first place.
Also, please remember all the many Christians who consistently obstructed correct science until they had no choice but to admit their explanations were very wrong.