I realize many people here aren't worried about strengthening Atheism. Many people here, it seems, just want their families and social groups to be OK with their more rational beliefs. And so they should.
I'm here for a different reason. To me humanity is held back in so many ways by theistic beliefs that I feel it's important to somehow weaken theism in my time here. I'm not sure how i'm going to do that. Right now my means of doing so is constantly arguing against the soul. On a small community level it does seem to work. Because people are stuck on this question of "is there a god", "is there a heaven" etc... However, people are MORE afraid to "come out" with their lack of belief in souls than their lack of belief in god. And once a person realizes WHY they don't believe in souls. Their skepticism rises tremendously in god because... in the 5 major religions...god simply cannot exist without this mythology called the soul. The soul is the ROOT and CORE of these religions. I have friends who have become much more rational thinkers after being constantly faced with arguments for rationality, souls and religion.
To me the big 5 religions are the root of so many problems. People would be more likely to allow and be tolerant of gay marriage. People would embrace science more and reject irrational supernatural ideas. People might more likely be pro-choice if they realized that each abortion was not a person having a soul extracted from it. They might realize that a zygote without a brain can't even process it's own life let alone it's death, pleasure or pain. (not trying to downplay abortion here) Most important to me...humanity might be able to survive and progress if we lose our dependency on fossil fuels... and that is going to be a difficult thing to make happen unless we trust and empower science to unveil viable alternative energy sources. Religious people seem to not care as much about the environment either.. perhaps because they believe they will be living most of their life in heaven. With RATIONALITY as our center in stead of Atheism....Albinos in Africa might not be killed for their supposed supernatural powers...
I think we should be hitting theism with rationality or at least in the soul. To me arguing against God is difficult. Arguing against the soul is quite a bit easier and it is a somewhat unique take as so many people are embarrassed to come out. There must be a simpler way of proving these things that we argue against everyday. For example...believing in god AND believing in the soul require you to believe something that you can't prove is untrue. How can you prove something immaterial (like god or the soul) doesn't exist? You can't. That's why the flying spaghetti monster argument was created. One thing you can do however is explain the scientific method. When a theory is proposed, experiments are done to find a substantial amount of evidence. If that evidence isn't found then we can't believe it is true.
Maybe we can just encourage people to think rationally somehow. Maybe just getting people excited about science. Anyone else have ideas on how to promote rationality? Am I doing enough just telling my friends and family how I feel constantly? Annoying people on facebook with the burden of this seemingly boring subject?
Anyway.. try telling your friends that you don't believe in souls... tell them there has never been any proof of a soul in a controlled environment. See what they say.
"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof"-Hitchens
"The burden of proof lies on religion"-Unknown