Lawrence Krauss spoke earlier this year at the Victorian Skeptics Cafe and expressed his belief that religion could disappear in a single generation. He cites shifts in public opinion on civil rights issues, but I don’t think he understands how they differ from religion.
“People say, ‘Well, religion has been around since the dawn of man. You’ll never change that.’ But I point out that… this issue of gay marriage, it is going to go away, because if you have a child, a 13-year-old, they can’t understand what the issue is. It’s gone. One generation is all it takes,” he said at an event called the Victorian Skeptics Cafe 2014.
Video of his comments were uploaded to YouTube by Adam Ford on Monday.
“So, I can tell you a generation ago people said there is no way people would allow gay marriage, and slavery — essentially — [gone in] a generation, we got rid of it,” Krauss continued. “Change is always one generation away… so if we can plant the seeds of doubt in our children, religion will go away in a generation, or at least largely go away. And that’s what I think we have an obligation to do.”
Religions, despite the continual pretensions of its adherents that it is the one true source of eternal truth, are highly adaptable. Religions evolve along with society. How could they not? Religion is manmade, as is society. I think we’re quite clearly witnessing a fairly significant diminishing of religious belief today and I think that’s a very good thing. But if you think religion is going to disappear any time soon, you’re really deluding yourself.