I guess this is something I've been wondering about lately, it seems like the skeptical movement has been getting a lot more traction lately and I guess part of me is wondering if there is a particular thing that's causing it. Or to put it another way, when future generations look back and ask 'what led to the major rise of skepticism and acceptance of atheism?' what do you think the big ideas or factors will be? I have a few thoughts myself, one is that we have a greater variety of spokesmen, or at least we have a better more concise way of explaining atheism in a cogent fashion (IE the God Delusion). Another might be that the internet allows us to better fact check claims by theists as well as giving us a kind of global community for freethinkers and thus keep from getting browbeaten into silence or from experiencing isolation and wondering if anyone else has the same kinds of questions we do (as well as providing a safe place to ASK said questions). The other possibility is that the increase in scandals from religious institutions have people either looking at their own faiths more critically or it undermines the idea of religious morality. But I want to know what others think, or if they disagree that the movement is gaining traction.