December 1, 2007

Atheist Revolution Hits 1,000 Posts

When I started Atheist Revolution in February of 2005, it never occurred to me that I might still be at it more than two years later or that I would ever even come close to celebrating this milestone, the 1,000th post. Now that I'm here, my commitment to continuing this blog has never been stronger. In fact, I expect I'll manage another thousand posts.

If there was ever a good time to be an atheist in America, that time is now. Despite some of my past grumbles about how few of the ideas being expressed under the "new atheism" banner are truly new, it is undeniable that there is something new in the air. The resurgence of interest in atheism is being accompanied by an invigorating sort of energy that is different from anything I've experienced previously.

Nonbelievers are becoming more vocal and less willing to overlook Christian privilege. We are learning more about the philosophical underpinnings of atheism and the unacceptably high cost of religion on our modern world. We are beginning to think seriously about organizing to gain political power and even starting to discuss options for doing so.

Growing numbers of believers are being exposed to atheism, passively through the media and actively by seeking out atheist-oriented material on their own. Some of this is undoubtedly simple curiosity or even a desire to better know the enemy, but believers are also becoming increasingly dissatisfied with religion.

This is as good a time to be an atheist as we've had yet. I have not come close to running out of material in the last 1,000 posts, and I don't see it happening in the next 1,000. The atheist revolution is just beginning, and I'm just getting started.

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