Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.
"Joan, before you go on the warpath, check out Peter Boghossian's A Manual for Creating Atheists and its reviews."
Tom, you sent several alarms to me in the past. I wonder why you caution me? You know I have a deep passion for freedom from religion, and I think religion puts an end to efficient problems solving and effective action. Religion gives people crutches and stops the kinds of thinking that needs to happen in order to find underlying causes of distress.
I have read Peter Boghossian, and you are correct in that he has a manual for how to change the minds of believers. I am not interested in creating atheists, my desired audiences are those who live in constant pain caused by their beliefs. I want them to see what is hurting them and why. I want to offer an alternative they may not realize exists.
I could really care less if Christians convert to atheism. That is none of my business. It is the battered children, women, and men who concern me.
After my cancer treatments, were completed, i.e., surgery, chemo and radiation, I told the medical professionals why cancer has been such a blessing to me. The strengthening of each of my three children as they confronted my mortality, spending more time with my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, being thankful every morning when I wake up and discover I am still alive. These offer opportunities for joy like nothing else can. I also tell them of my journey from battered child, wife, mother of battered children and the things I learned through those challenges. Now, this challenge of cancer, puts frosting on my cake.
I thank you, Tom, for your care and concern. We need people such as yourself who are interested in converting religious to non-believers. We need you desperately.
I am moving this string to Discussion, because I want to read what others think about this topic. I welcome any and all ideas.
@Tom Sarbeck, thanks for reminding me of Peter Boghossian! I haven't reconnected with him for a long time and very much like his style.
The Thinking Atheist:
Faith virus. TTA Podcast 134: A Manual For Creating Atheists (with Dr. Peter Boghossian)
Local government is so much more efficient than federal government.