but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
Funny, this picture looks an awful lot like what the atheist masses do in North Korea on national holidays; worship their leader and his atheist ideals of utopia.
You watch the "History" channel and take all of it's programing as ultimate fact?
"History" is a horrid mess, only an idiot would watch "History".
Even atheism has had it's flock of sheep; just look at how much energy is wasted to get it's ideas forced onto people (and how strongly and blindly people adhere to it). The USSR and Mexico's bloody La Reforma both come to mind.
Atheism has had it's questionable moments, what's funny is how many people use atheism a sort of social crutch to stand on.
Whether its religion or (communist) atheism It's pretty much a loose, loose social phenomena.
Either way, I don't really think you can call atheism a "social phenomena" anymore. Maybe when the concept first took off, but not anymore. Unless you are actually religious, whereupon you'll likely see it as utter nonsense; which is also the biggest flaw with atheists. Neither side backs down because both believe they're right (although I am bias with atheists, because, should a god actually exist, I would still refuse to worship it, as I that God is a mean spirited soul to say the least; so I'd stick with no believing in a god at all).
As for me, I'm just baffled as to the spacing between your paragraphs. Since worse than being atheist, I'm also a bit of a grammar nazi... Probably wasn't a great idea commenting on my worthless rabble now, looking back in hindsight, was it?
...but he loves you!