The ARIS study (see link in the post or this link at USA Today) says that those with “no religion” have doubled in less than 20 years; growing by almost 10% a decade. Look at America in 2050 if that growth rate continues at even half that speed: a third of the country will be “godless.”As a neighbor the non-religious are generally easier to be around than the civilly religious. As an evangelist I feel like I have a better shot at sharing the gospel with a non-religious person who uses their brain than someone who mindlessly thinks they're Christian because they do a few Christian things.
If evangelicals and other Christians had their heads about them, they would welcome this development. No religion beats meaningless adherence to religion every time. I see this every day. I work with dozens of students with a cultural adherence to a particular “Christian” religion. They overwhelmingly know almost nothing of Jesus, nothing of the Bible, nothing but a collection of cultural traditions, legends and superstitions about Christianity, but they consider themselves Christians.
When it comes to my job as a Christian communicator, give me the students who are “non-religious” over sorting through cultural adherence and dead superstition. ~ link
I don't think atheism makes any sense whatsoever. But I'm sure they're saying similar things of Christianity -- especially if they think that Christianity is mostly a matter of doing a few Christian things.