For those of you who are actively anti-faith like myself, what made you that way? After all, few of us go straight from not believing in god to being thoroughly anti-religion. And many of us who were raised secular often see people happy in religion (note I didn’t say “religion making people happy”) and think “eh, what’s the harm?”
So what moved you to fight it? For me, it was Sam Harris. My mother bought me his first two books for Christmas one year. They were good reads. I love Harris’ style and would be lying if I said it didn’t greatly influence my own. But there was a single sentence in The End of Faith that changed my life forever. Paraphrased (but probably very close, as I read it over and over again) it’s…
We live in an age where someone can have both the resources and the intellect to construct a nuclear bomb and still believe they’ll receive paradise for detonating it.
From then on, because I want to leave the world a better place than I found it, I have been a vocal and mean atheist – mean to the force I see making monsters of otherwise good people.
What moved you?