We've been here before
As I grow older I realise the truth of the words of the Preacher:
What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
So it is with the current apparent rise the atheists. I am currently reading Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France and came across this:
The literary cabal had some years ago formed something like a regular plan for the destruction of the Christian religion. This object they pursued with a degree of zeal which hitherto had been discovered only in the propagators of some system of piety. They were possessed with a spirit of proselytism in the most fanatical degree; and from thence, by an easy progress, with the spirit of persecution according to their means. What was not to be done toward their great end by any direct or immediate act might be wrought by a longer process through the medium of opinion. To command that opinion, the first step is to establish a dominion over those who direct it. They contrived to possess themselves, with great method and perseverance, of all the avenues to literary fame. Many of them indeed stood high in the ranks of literature and science. The world had done them justice and in favor of general talents forgave the evil tendency of their peculiar principles. This was true liberality, which they returned by endeavoring to confine the reputation of sense, learning, and taste to themselves or their followers. I will venture to say that this narrow, exclusive spirit has not been less prejudicial to literature and to taste than to morals and true philosophy.
The Holy Catholc Church has withstood such in the past and will do so again. What we are experiencing at the moment will get worse. Some will no doubt lose their reputations, their livelihoods and some, perhaps, their lives. Pray we have the strength to endure whatever comes. Yet be assured that the Kingdom of God will withstand these attacks. Pray for those who would persecute us.