Yet again, we have a case of a video which is too significant to just put up as one more snippet to watch.
There have been and are multiple conversations on Atheist Nexus regarding the rise of atheism and the fall of irrational belief. Some of these discussions deal in anecdotal data; some with established studies and their results. What Daniel Dennett has done here, for our benefit, is to pull a great deal of information together regarding both those parameters, what they are doing, and what is contributing to the movement of those numbers.
Some of this relates back to my post about The Great Evangelical Recession. Indeed, I was rather surprised to see mention in this video about yet another evangelical pastor, one Michael Spencer, author of "The Coming Evangelical Collapse," who also sees the loss of potency of his school of thought's message. Spencer's analysis of the woes of evangelism are much the same as Dickerson's was in the interview I referred to in my blog. He waves his hands about a great resurgence following this fall, but this to me sounds too much like "whistling in the dark." The one insuperable problem which neither Spencer nor Dickerson recognize (or want to) is the fallacy of their own belief, that people are recognizing that fallacy, and are simply refusing to fall for it any longer.
But enough of my yap. Let's allow Dr. Dennett lay this out for us all.