A decade ago, a group non-believers meeting publicly on a university campus like this one at Virgina Tech would have been rare, but over the last five years the number of student ‚Äúfreethinker‚ÄĚ groups in the US, has begun to snowball: from 100 in 2007 their number has leapt to more than 350 today, according to the nationwide Secular Student Alliance.
Their growth reflects a rapid shift in attitudes towards religion in America among young people, with one recent Pew poll finding that more than one third of Americans aged 18 to 29 now say they have ‚Äúno religious affiliation‚ÄĚ, compared with less than 10 per cent of their grandparents‚Äô generation....
I'm rather surprised how widespread the knowledge of "Practical" Atheism is even the retired Unholiness recognized, dimly, it's dangers,
Pope B16 wrote: The practical atheism of those who say they are Christian but live as if God does not exist is a greater threat than actual atheism,...While actual atheists often think deeply about God before rejecting belief, practical atheism ‚Äúis even more destructive ‚Ä¶ because it leads to indifference towards faith and the question of God,‚ÄĚ
excerpt from,[URL=http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/practical-atheism-more-destructive-than-disbelief-pope-says/]]]'Practical Atheism' More Destructive Than Disbelief'[/URL] but, of course, [URL=http://xcjournal.org/the-papacy/]]]The Papacy[/URL] is extremely destructive.
There's a good section on
[URL=http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/Dictionary/viewTopic.cfm?topic=IT0000936]]]Atheism[/URL] in the ISBE, and the last section of it deals with "Practical" Atheism long before His Unholiness did, and in a better manner.
With the church in obvious decline this would be a logical conclusion to arrive at.
Now that the nations leaders and government departments don't "do" God there is a sense of irrelevance for religion. Schools, Judiciary, and the institutions which affect people and society have relegated Bible and Christian to the bottom rung.
Nominal and Liberal church has added to this decline by changing the message to be nice to everybody and Scripture doesn't count anyway. Everybody gets to heaven regardless what they believe or do in their lives.
All these ideas are about authority or specifically the lack of authority which is the new lawless nature of society.