"The reason theists are tirelessly trying to convert the populace is because they are motivated purely by the desire to save our immortal souls."
This proposition strikes me as unlikely - though I might be wrong.
When people engage in large-scale coordinated activities to counter what seems to me to be normal, I get suspicious. So rather than confront THEIR issues directly, I prefer to try to surmise what really motivates these people. For example:
Why would people, decades after the science was "in", continue to maintain that smoking was harmless.
Why, when prohibition, "Just Say No!", and the "War on Drugs" have been demonstrated to be abject failures, do people continue to support and pursue these strategies?
Why do people deny climate change science?
In these examples, I could suggest, "follow the money".
But, back to the point, why do theists care what we believe? What motivates THEM (if not altruism).
It would seem to be a perfectly worthwhile quest for knowledge. Finding the root of this behaviour would go a long way toward combating it.
By Colin Harrison
176 pp. Picador. Paper,
but that doesn't seem to be related. Can you give me any more information? Author? Publisher?
With SO much of the "system" lining up behind this irrational behaviour and participating in it, like trying to pass laws to put creationism on the required syllabus, wouldn't it be a good idea to find and publish the "real reason" for this.
OK people have been caught pushing creationist laws in order to sell creationist books. But this seems to me to be the tip of the iceberg. It's certainly only a small part of the problem.
Some on this board (including myself) have proffered some reasons for a belief in God, because being aware of these reasons will help to reach these people with truth. Calling them all stupid DOESN'T often work!
In the same way discovering the real-world basis for systemic theism (much broader than religion) would seem to be an aid in combating it.
Is it money? Power? How does the system work?
The number regularly attending religious services is in steep decline. Yet the visibility and the power of "religion" seems to be increasing (in the U.S., at least). How can this be?