If I haven’t made it clear elsewhere, let me do so now. I don’t blog just because I’ve nothing better to do. Even though I don’t post that often, I do so because I believe that religion is, on the whole, harmful to human society – a drag on the evolution of humanity away from the selfishness, immaturity, chaos, and violence of the past.
I like to think that we are on the cusp of a breakthrough, of an advance over the next two or three generations that will catapult humanity into the next age of reality – one of Reason and Rational Understanding. The next age will be one where humanity can deal with their problems and conflicts at face value, without the added filter of unseen, out of date, irrational spiritual fervor to obscure a reasonable view of any situation.
I despair that I won’t be there to see us grow past the need, but I hope to at least see the beginning of the end, so to speak.
As is often the case, the movement to growth, change, and betterment will be very much in the hands of our youth. Breaking free from religious indoctrination in record numbers, they are finding their way to reason and are sharing their freedom with others.
Often these young people find themselves struggling with families that don’t understand them, wanting to be truthful about what they think and believe, but coerced and threatened into silence and a sort of self-denial. They just want to be honest, but their honesty threatens the comfortable cocoon religion offers to their families and friends, and the reaction is often severe.
One young man who is standing in the gap for these young people is David G. McAfee. David has written two books: Disproving Christianity (and Other Writings) and, more importantly to my mind: Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist. The latter is a detailed guide for young people to help them communicate their thoughts and beliefs to parents and others who might not understand and who might openly oppose their honesty and commitment to reasonable thinking and non-religious living.
David has a policy of sending out free copies of his books in .pdf format to young people who can’t afford to buy them but really need some support. I’ve bought both, plus paid him for a small number of additional copies to support this policy. I encourage any reader committed to Reason to at the very least follow him on Facebook and his blog, learn a little about his background and motivations, and encourage him as he provides young people the support they need to end the dominance of religious thinking in our world.