18 October 2006

God is still dead

Last Sunday, 15 October, was philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s birthday (in 1844). Nietzsche, one of the most influential thinkers of the last few centuries, is best known for the statement "God is dead" from an 1882 book.

More information on Nietzsche and his works is available at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Wikipedia and Freethought of the Day.

In a brief comment I recently left at Natalie Bennett’s blog Philobiblon, I stated my opinion that the apparent power of religion in the U.S. is more of a manifestation of its “death struggle” than anything else.

Today, Reuters is reporting that several books with atheistic themes have recently been in the best-seller lists in the U.S. (Of course, with the usual and "mandatory" idiotic defense of religion, this time offered by a Timothy Larsen.)

Have we finally come to a turning point?

2 comments:

Marcus said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6064364.stm
http://darwin-online.org.uk/

Craig T said...

I doubt it... I like to think that the current disillusionment with the Republicans might have some cross-over effect to disillusionment with religion. Probably just wishful thinking. Us non-religious types are now ~10% of Americans, a slowly-growing percentage.

What would a "turning point" be? A speeding up of this "secular growth"? How fast could it possibly go? I'd be surprised if it was as high as 25% by the time I die.