Quantifying growth in atheism
A post I found interesting on iidb this morning:
Out of curiosity, I started tracking the membership stats in Atheist Meetups at meetup.com. With about two months worth of numbers I thought I'd post some results. The growth in the total number of members will be a little iffy, because the site deletes inactive members every so often, and there is one mass deletion that happened ~7/16 - membership dropped from 18,286 to 17,267.
6/27/2007 - 155 groups in 128 cities consisting of 17,915 total members
8/25/2007 - 171 groups in 139 cities consisting of 18,667 total members
Growth in number of groups: 10 %
Growth in number of cities: 8.6 %
Growth in total membership: 4.2 %
Pretty impressive growth rates in atheist / freethinker / humanist groups over only two months. I suspect the actual growth in total membership is much closer to the groups and cities rates but I won't know until they do another mass deletion and I can compare apples to apples.
Impressive growth in 2 months
The Enlightenment wounded the beast, but the killing blow has yet to land...