Atheists and agnostics – did you know that by refusing to believe fervently in specific religious beliefs you are inadvertently part of a religion?
Atheism is becoming the new religion, evangelicals warned
Carver Yu, President of the China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong, said that “confusing ideologies” were creating emptiness and alienation among people, while indifference to religion was “tightening its grip”.
But don’t think that “indifference to religion” will save you from being declared “religious”:
“Atheism is about to become the new religion,” he said. “Christians must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ fearlessly because he is the way, the truth and the life. Only he can lead us away from the present state of godlessness.”
See, under this new innovative definition of “religion”, it doesn’t matter what you believe, because being a “religion” does not require you to have anything in common with people previously identifying as religious. It doesn’t require you to accept anything on faith. It doesn’t have any non-verifiable teachings you’re expected to believe in regardless of evidence. All you have to do is not accept any of the other religions. In other words, it is now definitionally not possible to be non-religious. “Religious” just means “alive”. We win!
And this simple definitional change has done more to increase the number of religious people in the world – 100%, if we’ve done the maths right – than any evangelism we’ve done in the past. Brilliant.