Doing My Part for the Godless Future

Read Dear Friends, Bloody on the Highway, before you read this.

In this followup post, I’d like to ask readers what we’re all doing to make that better-time-to-be happen.

I hope to raise consciousness among the people who read this …

First, that fellow readers are taking various actions in their own lives. In other words, that you and I, ordinary people, CAN do things that make a difference.

Second, that each of us really NEEDS to be doing something to make  a difference.

What I don’t want to do is make anybody feel bad — or at least not TOO bad — that they might think they’re doing nothing. Supporting others who carry on the fight is not nothing;  I can tell you that the comments you leave here and elsewhere on FreethoughtBlogs is the main fuel that makes us bloggers able to go on with it.

But pitch in your stories. Let me and others here know what you’re doing, what you’ve done, what you hope to do.

Email the details to me, and I’ll post them in recurring posts like PZ Myers’ “Why I’m An Atheist” series.

It can be as simple as raising consciousness by passing along religion-themed jokes on Facebook. Or as big as speaking at an event, writing an article or a book. Or just persuading a young person in your extended family to perform the “What if there’s no God?” thought experiment.

And yes, successfully making the transition from goddy to godless in your own individual life is a significant contribution.

Reach me HERE. (hankfox1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

And by the way, if you’d like your contribution to be a guest post here on one or more subjects you think might fit with the overall tone of what I do, let me know. I’m open to new blood.

  • Steinar

    I’m lucky in this regard, I live in a country where 12% believe in some sort of hell or eternal damnation, while 48% believe there is no life after death. And this is according to a survey commisioned by a Christian newspaper, so the numbers for the superstitious view is probably a little inflated. (For reference: http://www.vl.no/kristenliv/1-av-10-nordmenn-tror-pa-evig-pine/ )

    But, what do I do? I have no stories that would fit in something like the ongoing series on Pharyngula. I’m a member of the only organization lobbying to remove special privilege for churches. I have done my best to encourage scientific interest among my younger relatives. I vote. These days, that’s pretty much it.

    I think the most important thing to do is help building secular communities. Here, there’s an organization for pretty much anything. You want to shoot a gun? Join a shooting club. You want to knit? Join a knitting club. You want to drink beer? Join a beer tasting club. I think this is some of the reason people here really don’t care much about the church, because the church hasn’t got their social lives in a stranglehold. People join associations for the activities they enjoy, and leave politics and religion at the door (except if that is the whole point of the organization, obviously).

    • http://cornelioid.wordpress.com/ Cory Brunson

      I think one of the most valuable things people from irreligious or secular societies can provide is perspective. A lot of what i see coming out of such places, like this, amounts to apologies for superstition and irreligion denial. (“Just because we don’t believe in the divinity of Jesus doesn’t mean we’re not just as Christian as other Christians!” or, from the linked op-ed, “lack of strict faith doesn’t make us secularists” — no, it makes you irreligious.) We need people to talk about life in a secular country — is superstition just as prevalent? how good is science education? do people appear to be better or worse critical thinkers? are people just as happy, and are they tolerant / accepting of religious belief?

      Maybe there’s plenty of secular perspective from secular society on religious issues out there, but i haven’t yet come across it.

      • Steinar

        Hm, I haven’t thought of that at all. OK, I’ll try to add that to my little list. :) (And, btw, the short answer to most of the examples is: Irreligous countries are “all over the place” in most regards, just as religious countries. Take science education: Norway and Finland are both pretty secular countries, and also share a border. Finland has excellent science education, pretty much whatever quality test you look at. Norway, on the other hand… Just to illustrate, a colleague of mine who participated for the Norwegian team in the Chemistry Olympiad in the nineties told me the Norwegian physics team lagged so far behind that they didn’t even understand the questions…)

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