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Jordan Snyder Annotated Bibliography Reviewed by Michael Woods

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Annotated BibliographyWhy is the Rate of Atheism Increasing in the United States, Especially Generationally?Jordan Snyder Professor Malcolm CampbellEnglish 110310/10/12
 
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Cornish, Audie. “Study Finds Americans Less Religious Than Ever.”
 All Things Considered.
 NPR.
 
9 Oct. 2012. Web. 10 Oct. 2012.In this radio segment, host Audie Cornish interviews Gregory Smith, co-author of therecent study published by Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.The survey found that more Americans than ever, about 19.6%, consider themselves“religiously unaffiliated.” Among that group are people who claim to be atheist or agnostic or have no religion in particular. The study shows that, over the past five years,this category of “nones,” as they are sometimes called, has grown about 5%. Smith tellsCornish that “generational replacement” is one of the significant factors in this increase,with one-third of people under 30 claiming to be religiously unaffiliated. However, Smithclears up many misconceptions by pointing out that this group is not entirely secular. Infact, most of the religiously unaffiliated said that they believed in God or a universalspirit; however, approximately nine out of 10 unaffiliated people are not seeking for areligion to join.The information provided in this segment is certainly credible, as the Pew ResearchCenter is widely trusted and respected. That said, this source, while great for someonewho is just trying to hear a news brief and move on, is more of a starting point. Theinformation provided is reliable, but only scratches the surface in terms of analyzingtrends over many years and understanding the breakdowns/demographics of the variouscategories and subcategories. I am definitely considering using Smith’s quote aboutgenerational replacement: “Generational replacement is one of the key factors…Among people under the age of 30, fully one-third are religiously unaffiliated. And that's a rate of 
 
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disaffiliation that's much higher than is seen among their elders, and it's also a rate of disaffiliation that's much higher than what we've seen even among previous generationsof young people.” For other information, however, I will probably refer to the surveyitself instead.Florien, Daniel. “Did the Internet Cause the New Atheists?”
Unreasonable Faith
. Patheos. 4Dec. 2009. Web. 14 Oct. 2012.Florien describes himself as a former evangelical Christian turned atheist and skeptic. Hesays, “I attended Bible college and worked at a Christian organization for many years. Ihave ‘led people to Christ.’” But now, he skewers his previous views, writing his blog,
Unreasonable Faith,
on the atheist channel of the website Patheos. The site hosts blogs of all faiths, with the goal that its users “engage in the global dialogue about religion andspirituality.” In this particular post, he gives his hypothesis for why the “New Atheist”movement seems to be successful. Florien believes that the Internet has played a key rolein catching people’s attention. Because atheists have always been in the minority, hesays, most have never been in a position where they could speak out for fear of beingostracized or punished. Thanks to the anonymity of the Internet, atheists could feel free toshare their opinions, ask questions, and socialize with like-minded individuals fromaround the world. Florien thinks that this socialization in turn led to group polarization inwhich strong atheists became more vocal. And this audience of Internet-atheists eagerly bought books like Sam Harris’
The End of Faith
and Richard Dawkins’
The God  Delusion
, and their success created a wave of more “New Atheist” works.The reason I latched on to Florien’s idea is because it mirrored my personal experience.(Apparently, the same goes for quite a few of the post’s commenters.) There are no

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