June 6, 2007, The Barna Group
(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. People who have determined
there is no God or who doubt his existence (a group commonly known as
agnostics) are adopting a more aggressive, intentional effort to
discredit the notion that God exists and to critique people of faith.
Widely reviewed new books such as The God Delusion and God is Not Great represent this movement.
Beyond the bestseller lists, however, a new survey shows there
is indeed a significant gap between Christians and those Americans who
are in the "no-faith" camp. For instance, most atheists and agnostics
(56%) agree with the idea that radical Christianity is just as
threatening in America as is radical Islam. At the same time,
two-thirds of Christians (63%) who have an active faith perceive that
the nation is becoming more hostile and negative toward Christianity.
("Active faith" was defined as simply having gone to church, read the
Bible and prayed during the week preceding the survey.)
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