Originally Posted by marienbad
and then fall away ? as I say the tide is moving out for you. We appear to be in agreement.
Not at all. I look at demographics and see the following:
Christianity (as a generic whole) is increasing numerically but remaining static as a percentage of world population.
The brand of Christianity to which I belong (Pentecostal/Charismatic) has increased from a handful of people 110 years ago to where it now embraces approximately 10% of the world's population.
Over the Twentieth Century, Atheism increased dramatically but has considerably declined numerically since 1980.
So, no, I don't think the tide is moving out for me at all.
In fact, I think we have much more in common than you think. Atheist numbers overall have declined, but the variety of atheism that you presumably espouse (voluntary rather than coerced) has probably increased.
Christian numbers overall are increasing (if remaining flat as a percentage of world population) but the variety of Christianity that I espouse is increasing dramatically.
The numbers of Catholics in Ireland are declining, and the numbers of atheists in Ireland are increasing - which you presumably think is a good thing.
The numbers of Catholics in Ireland are declining, and the numbers of Pentecostals in Ireland are increasing - which I think is a good thing.
So the direction of the tide is looking pretty good from where I'm standing.