In the world we live in today, belief in God is becoming more and more of a specialist hobby. In the Tudors, belief in God was mandatory. Everyone was a Christian; nobody dared to question beliefs, as they would be condemned to ridicule, or worse, a lifetime in hell, forever. There were laws telling you what to believe. Jews and Protestants were burned alive during Queen Mary Is reign. Catholic priests were driven out of the country during Queen Elizabeth's reign. Believing in God was essential, not only if you wanted to stay alive after death, but also if you wanted to stay alive on earth. Everyone sang hymns, read prayers, and studied the Bible in Latin at school. It was fundamental. Now, in the 21st century it is a whole other situation.
In 1859, Charles Darwin published the 'Origin of Species'. In this book, Charles Darwin suggested that humans were not created by God, but evolvedÃ¢ÂÂ¦.
from chimpanzees. This was hugely controversial, as it questioned the belief of humans for hundreds of years. This effectively changed how we thought of the world, forever. There was now an alternative to 'God', another way of telling the creation story, a different viewpoint. Within a few months, Darwin's theory of evolution was taught in schools, and accepted throughout the country. Christianity was no longer mandatory and wasn't encouraged or taught at school in any way.
Many atheists refuse to believe that there is a being of some sort who created the world and everything in it. How can it be possible that something that has always been there, and will always be there? How can it be possible that something created everything, but nothing created it? It's a paradox, and always will be. From the about.com website, 'Atheists are thought to be...