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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Sept. 4, 2020
David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.
I cannot prove it, but my strong impression is that for typical well-educated and relatively affluent Americans under forty years of age atheism is now the “default” position.
When I speak of atheists, I have three kinds in mind: (1) Outright atheists, persons who are quite frank as to their disbelief; (2) diffident atheists, usually known as agnostics, who don’t believe in God, but like to tell themselves and others that they are open-minded about the question – even though they are not; and (3) indifferent atheists, who so take it for granted that God doesn’t exist that they don’t take the trouble to affix the label atheist or agnostic to their state of mind. ….