The Internet Bubble
Let me tell you a little story. I belong to a crop of people, mostly older Millennial, mostly male, who came of age during the mid 2000's, just as the so-called "New Atheism" was taking off. My fellows and I cast down our faith, began devouring science and philosophy, and posted about it all over the internet. Comment sections, discussion forums, blogs, the then-fledgling Youtube and social media; the whole internet was our battleground. And over a period of 5-10 years, we won. Atheism defeated theism on the internet. Religious people became a laughing stock. "Religion" or "religious" became bywords for irrationality, even among religious people themselves. The most carefully constructed arguments by sober gray-haired PhD theologians could be effortlessly debunked by any college freshman armed with little more than Occam's Razor and a basic understanding of logical fallacies. It really was that easy (and remains so).