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Atheism

The growing presence of atheism in the United States continues to bring up difficult questions about the role of religion and the existence of God and has led to a surge in Christian apologetics. The 21st-century "new atheists," including bloggers and authors such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett, affirm their beliefs more openly and publicly than ever before. Recognizing the value of community living presented by religious groups, atheists and other non-theists have even founded church-like community groups and summer camps, though the range of atheist opinions on dialoguing with religious institutions varies widely. Christianity Today continues to analyze and track the influence of atheism and secularism on politics, society, and popular thought.

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  • Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban - Salon.com
    In this country known as the cradle of Islam, where religion gives legitimacy to the government and state-appointed clerics set rules for social behavior, a growing number of Saudis are privately declaring themselves atheists.
  • Religion in China: Cracks in the atheist edifice | The Economist
    Increasingly, the party needs the help of religious believers. It is struggling to supply social services efficiently; Christian and Buddhist groups are willing, and able, to help. Since about 2003, religious groups in Hong Kong have received requests from mainland government officials to help set up NG O s and charities. In an age of hedonism and corruption, selfless activism has helped the churches’ reputation; not least, it has persuaded the regime that Christians are not out to overthrow it. For the Catholic church, though, the situation is trickier: allegiance to Rome is still seen by some officials as a sign of treachery.

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