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The Roots of Atheism

A 2012 poll by the Pew Research center found that about one in three Americans under the age of 30 don’t believe in God, while less than 10% of those over age 65 are atheists.  Another source shows that roughly 20% of Americans are now atheists.

 

The “psychology of atheism” attempts to explain the connection between atheism and fatherlessness homes of younger Americans.

 

There is no perfect answer, because many variables are involved.  To begin with, African Americans tend to have the highest fatherless rates but are generally more religiously oriented than other population groups.  Next, a large part of the American Christian group can be considered superficial, hypocritical, and powerless in regards to radical life transformation.

 

In 1999, Paul C. Vitz, a former atheist and New York University professor, wrote a book entitled Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism.  In it, he argued that the fatherless home or that of a weak, cowardly, or abusive father often played a major role in the development of atheism. Journalist John P. Koster Jr, made a similar argument in his 1989 book The Atheist Syndrome.
 
Vitz and Koster argue that the lack of a solid father figure lies at the root of atheism and allows unbelief to become dominant at some point in life.
 
According to the theory attributed to Vitz, “an atheist’s disappointment in and resentment of his own father unconsciously justifies his rejection of God,” Vitz based his theory on the biographies of well-known atheists and calls it the “defective father” hypothesis.

 

The U. S. Census Bureau reports that as of 2011, one third of American children are growing up without their biological father, and over the last 50 years, the number of babies born to unwed mothers has jumped from five percent to 40%.

 

How does one become an atheist?  Does a person's relationship with his earthly father affect his relationship with his heavenly Father?

 

When Vitz studied the lives of influential theists during those same historical time periods, he found they enjoyed a strong, loving relationship with a father (or a father substitute if the father was dead).

 

Paul Vitz provided an in-depth look at atheists and theists in his book Faith of the Fatherless.  The prominent atheists of the last few centuries all had defective relationships with their fathers while the theists enjoyed a strong, loving relationship with a father or a father substitute.

 

The conclusion is that individuals with weak or absent fathers, in the absence of another strong male role model, have a much higher rate of atheism.  Rejecting human male role models (fathers, step-dads, etc.) leads to a rejection of God.  This begs the questions, why do courts marginalize deserving fathers, and why would any mother alienate children from their dad?

 

Organized "God deniers" that fill our daily media channels sustain atheism.  Evolution, the Big Bang theory, claims that the bible and Jesus are fiction, and other allegations are constantly presented to the masses as credibly substantiated.  Those claims could not be farther from the truth, because now, more than at any other time since Jesus walked with us, has there been more evidence to God’s existence.

 

Atheism is a real threat to the values of our country and the world, and every day the number grows.  If you reject God, you are likely to reject His "perfect plan."  We are all born to a specific father that we have no control over.  However, we can choose whether or not to "reject" all because of one.  Only "One" does not reject any of us.  An atheist believes in "no god" when the true gift of life could only come from one god.  Before you stake your belief on "nothing", take a look at evolution, the shroud, Near Death Experience research, archeological finds, etc, and you will be changed.  Try to disprove something in the Bible, even one single thing.  The facts, unlike your weak or absent human father, should not be rejected.