Angels seem to be beating atheism when it comes to popular belief in the U.S. Actually, not just angels, but hearing from God, witnessing miracles, being healed supernaturally, and other divine phenomenon. Frankly, this astounds me, considering what sort of rhetoric is being bandied about by the intelligentsia of our day. Apparently, the kind of strident discourse perpetuated by the “New Atheists” such as Richard Dawkins is generally only having the effect of rallying the existing atheist troops. As an evangelistic movement, it’s just not working very well.
Well, all I can say is, surprise surprise! Most people don’t like harsh fundamentalists, whether they be Bible thumpers or Darwin thumpers, and frankly the atheist movement is not being well served by exalting the kind of angry, self-righteous verbiage that exemplify the work of Dawkins and his ilk. Our culture, our educational system, and our public square would be far better served by respectful, compassion, reasonable discourse on the subject of God, the supernatural, and the origin of the cosmos and life. The alternative is not pretty.