I am new and have posted a little in the last few days. I have enjoyed the discussions and it has lead me to post my own conversation.
I was at one time a believer (bahai), but have since come to terms with my delusions. I was told that not everything in religion wold make sense all the time and let it sink in and you will find a reason. It never came for me. contridiction after propaganda to flowery speeches on mountain high all these lovely miracles but yet if your gay you are just sick and need to be helped. Or if your a woman you can't be on the great council in Haifa. It didn't make sense because it is a lie. The rest caved in on me fairly quickly. I went through the steps of recovery.
1. god is there but the religions got it wrong
2. god is the universe but I have a soul
3. Finally there is no god and the nature of our being, without a soul or an after life, seems more perfect, beautiful, and worth more than ever.
So my question is: Do you BELIEVE that something great could happen so that everyone STOPPED believing in nonsense and became atheists? Seems like a simple no of course not but we also no that in the guise of religion atrocities are committed that we all turn a blind eye too. If there is not great experience to which all of humanity will wake up and realize what dumb asses we have been, is doing nothing still ok? And what could/should be done? I want actionable items if any. I can start with what I think.
Lets make the religions think they saved the world again. By showing them that all these things their religion hundreds of years was deemed ok, like stoning and such, are now illegal let alone not practiced. Do you think this kind of change is possible or even an option ?
Is it possible get rid of the most toxic of their beliefs by using that argument if it focuses on one of them at a time? Or is that already happening can we accelerate the process? Like take over population, can we argue that contraception, not abortion but condoms, should be religiously worn? That might help some over population and protect some from disease.
I agree completely, its interesting to watch the Arab spring, which started because the internet and now, they will not stand for religious rule either. My thoughts are more about wolf in sheep's clothing. Is it a good idea to extol the virtues of their beloved god to weasel concession of change that might make humanities survival possible?
I believe it's possible to live like a true humanist and show the world that this is the better path. It's a path that leads to a better life for all. It's pretty easy to show evidence of this.