A subject I’ve been reading a little about, online, and also thinking about for some time is the discussion concerning New Atheism versus Atheism. There are many out there saying the reason that atheists are making any headway at all is that in New Atheism, atheists are now unafraid to speak up.
I really don’t see this as the case. Atheists, as far as I can remember, have always been vocal. The difference today than say, 25 years ago, are the ways in which we are able to express ourselves.
Consider not that long ago it was difficult to connect with other atheists anywhere. Today, not only can we connect with atheists in and around our community, but all around the world.
Social media is a big difference. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc., all allow us to connect with each other and also with those that may be interested in what we say. Yes, even blogging, which seems to be diminishing somewhat, has been and still is a way for atheists to communicate between ourselves and the wider community of non-atheists.
So for me, New Atheism is nothing more than the growth of technology that allows us to use various media to get our message to the world.