This twitter conversation is currently in process:
Me: I think it will take at least 2 generations more to get some of the “old time fundamentalism” on the way out the door.
J: How would you contribute to get that “old time fundamentalism on the way out the door”, being a first generation ex-Christian?
Me: what can we do but engage each other and help people reason and hopefully stop indoctrination in its tracks. WDYT?
J: What if all your family (wife & young children included), friends & co-workers are Christians? How would you make a difference?
Me: that’s my life, so I’m working on it. What do you think would influence you if you believed and a fammembr/friend didn’t? I honestly think that we can make a difference by just being honest and asking questions. encouraging skepticism and freethought
Honestly, I feel a little sad when my mind draws a blank when it comes to the practical ways I can influence things around me. But should I instead feel at peace with a “live and let live” default? I don’t want to press my lack of beliefs on anyone like I did my spiritual beliefs. But I want things to change in this society for the better.
What do you think? How can atheists–especially those surrounded by believers–make an impact on those around them? Do we need to “evangelize” (sorry for poor word choice; it even makes me shudder) in some way? In what ways do you (or do you not) strive to end the cycle of hereditary indoctrination, social/political religious bias, and the other poisons caused by religion? How can we make a difference?