I was reminded of this passage from Edmund Burke’s Thoughts on French Affairs:
Boldness formerly was not the character of Atheists as such. They were even of a character nearly the reverse; they were formerly like the old Epicureans, rather an unenterprising race. But of late they are grown active, designing, turbulent, and seditious.
The article examines the organizational challenges faced by atheists as they "advocate for godlessness."
"Still, it’s a great time to be an atheist," said [David] Fitzgerald, who was raised a Baptist in Fresno. "Five hundred years ago, we’d be burned for what we were thinking. Fifty years ago, we’d lose our jobs. But today, we’re free to be atheists.
"Our thing is that we’re just not that organized," he said. "It’s our strength and our weakness."
It makes one think about the importance of religion as
"social capital." Perhaps there’s something, er, "providential" going on here.