Atheists Step Up Hostility to Christians

According to The Barna Group

Atheists and Agnostics Take Aim at Christians

June 11, 2007

(Ventura, CA) – A new evangelistic movement has emerged in America. Yet this effort does not spring from those loyal to a particular faith or religious view.

The new evangelists are atheists.


The articles states that “Nevertheless, there were a number of areas of commonality between the two audiences. The two groups were equally as likely to think of themselves as good citizens, as placing their family first, as being loyal and reliable individuals, as preferring to be in control, and as being leaders. Each group admitted to experiencing personal difficulties with similar frequency, including being in serious debt (11% versus 10%), dealing with a personal addiction (13% versus 12%), and trying to find a few good friends (41% versus 40%). Christians admit to being overweight with greater frequency (26% of no-faith, compared with 41% of active-faith), while atheists and agnostics are more likely to feel stressed out (37% versus 26%).

In their interactions with others, the two groups also share common ground. Both audiences were equally likely to say they have discussed political, moral, and spiritual issues with others in the last month. In addition, about one-fifth of both active-faith and no-faith adults said they often try to persuade other people to change their views. ”

How do you explain that there is such hostility and yet so much in common in their daily experience of life? I think some of it is explained by the fact that we tend to polarize around our belief system “givens”, especially when it comes to de-personalizing the opposition.

Proponents of secularism suggest that rejecting faith is a simple and intelligent response to what we know today. Yet, most of the Americans who overtly reject faith harbor doubts about whether they are correct in doing so. Many of the most ardent critics of Christianity claim that compassion and generosity do not hinge on faith; yet those who divorce themselves from spiritual commitment are significantly less likely to help others. -David Kinnaman

Just another example of how difficult it is for atheists to operate on a moral base, even though they wish to and borrow heavily from the Christianity they reject. ( And make no mistake, it is the theism of Christianity that raises the greatest enmity and conscious animosity).

“one unusual area of common ground: concern about superficial, inert forms of Christianity in America”

Seems the religious lukewarmness elicits a unanimous response of rejection. I know I don’t like it- which is why sometimes I am in agreement with the criticisms of the Atheist. So in that way these findings represent me.

Barna advertises:”Kinnaman addresses some of the realities of increasing hostility toward Christians in a new book that examines Mosaics and Busters, releasing in the fall of 2007, called unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity…And Why It Matters.

Sounds like an interesting read. I know that on my time in forums I have come across this hostility quite a bit and in the demographic group described here. At first it really surprised me, being the typical isolated Christian prior to entering the World Wide Web. in 1998 or so.

Kinnaman is quoted at the end:

Believers have the options of ignoring, rejecting or dealing with the aggressiveness of atheists and those hostile to the Christian faith.

Um, I don’t know if those are the options. I think there is only one of those stated and that is “dealing with it”. The method of that is the only thing in question in my mind.

2 thoughts on “Atheists Step Up Hostility to Christians”

  1. Well, not defending Atheists, however Christians and I must add Christian women in general are the biggest hypocrites I have come across in my life. many of them have no integrity and always send abuse at me.

    Atheists on the other hand generally are more consistent.

    I think the world would be a better place if Christians tried to actually practice their own beliefs more consistently . As long as they take the humanistic values from it. As parts of the bible is very unethical. See my blog if you don’t believe me.

  2. “Christian women in general are the biggest hypocrites I have come across in my life.”
    I can’t argue with your personal experiences, but I think you are making a pretty broad accusation, there. Many people who claim religion – or non-religionists for that matter, have problems with integrity. Knowing that some people project upon others and accuse them for not complying with their personal demands, and not knowing anything about your personal experiences or circumstances… I just wouldn’t know what to think about your statement. Except that you seem to have some unpleasant memories that cause you to begrudge Christian Women. I am not sure culturally if you mean “Western Women” or whether you truly are referring to devoted professing Christians.

    I looked at your blog, Sona. You don’t really understand the Bible scriptures very well, so that might explain how you see the Bible as unethical in parts. There are excellent resources at http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/
    You might be interested in their commentaries for some of the matters such as your take on Song of Solomon, etc.

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