But an ancient evil is resurfacing that is far more sinister. It is the rise of Islam in the East and the rise of, quite unexpectedly, ancient Paganism (mixed with New Age beliefs) in the West:
It has even inundated Christianity itself. The worldwide head of the Anglican Church (Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams) was literally incepted as a "White Druid". Add to that the New Age/universalist influences of Brian Mclaren, Rob Bell, Oprah Winfrey, and even the Holy See, and you can see that Christians have very little Christ-aligned leadership left.
...Ok... so the question is: WHY is the rise of Islamic/New Age/Pagan religion WORSE than atheism?
The answer is pretty simple: there are good spiritual forces and there are evil spiritual forces. Atheism merely rejects the good... and notice how much death and destruction atheism has wrought. But these evil religions we see rising and resurfacing are not ONLY rejecting the good, but actually directly submitting to the evil forces that are lurking behind the scenes.
Whereas the idols of these religions are themselves just wood and stone, the forces behind them are real spiritual beings:
"No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons." - 1 Corinthians 10:20
"They sacrificed to demons, which are not God--gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear." - Deuteronomy 32:17
Notice that this point is enforced by what we see happening to mankind right before Jesus returns:
"The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk." - Revelation 9:20
Does anyone really think that Allah and the various gods and goddesses of the pagan religions are just non-existent entities? Far from it. They are demons. And the plans that Satan and his demons have for this world are far more sinister than anything Hitler could dream of. Hitler managed to kill over 30 million, but in Revelation we see that the forces of evil manage to slaughter a far higher number... in the billions... as they ravage, mutilate, and repress the planet... before the Son of the Most High God returns and kicks their a**.