"God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness."
The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo Buonarroti c.1511
Public DomainThe Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo Buonarroti c.1511 - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Scientific advance and new technology have contributed to a rise in atheism amongst young people. Science has been used to explain many things that religions claim to be 'the work of God'; some have even attempted to explain religious belief through psychology and neuroscience. Much debate and controversy surrounds the scientific theory of evolution, and the religious belief that God created the world (creationism). For some, these theories are compatible, but for many the two arguments cannot be reconciled. Some scientists and philosophers believe that science has successfully disproved the existence of God. The philosopher Frederich Nietzsche is famous for his claim that 'God is dead' – killed by rationalism and science. For Richard Dawkins and others, religious belief is merely a delusion.

Richard Dawkins at the Atheist Bus Campaign Launch, 2009
Creative Commons AttributionRichard Dawkins at the Atheist Bus Campaign Launch, 2009 - Credit: Zoe Margolis/Wikimedia Commons
From intheagora.com: "A study done by the Graduate Center of the City University of New York found that the percentage of the population that describes itself as “nonreligious” more than doubled from 1990 to 2001, from 14.3 million to 29.4 million people."


The Times - Creationism should be taught in schools

The Times - Richard Dawkins argues that creationists are 'history-deniers' (read comments below article for an interesting debate)

The British Humanist Association (who believe humans can live good lives without belief in God)