hi all….im dave. i live in castle shannon, a native pittsburgher who has come back home.
grew up in a multi religious household, until, praise jesus, i saw the light and shed my caveman beliefs and took the lonely and difficult road of “knowing nothing is better than believing in total bullshit”
im fan of: dawkins, dennett, harris, pinker, among others.
i’ll have that say that freethinkers like myself can run into problems when we become too focused on other people’s opinions. spending energy to make rebuttals feels good and is cathartic, but its a low energy thought space. its petty in a way. in a world completely dominated by religiosity, its hard to not want to push it back. but i think the pushback, directly, is one that wont build the movement. it hardens up people, and is why some call atheism a religion in itself. they see it as invasive and offensive. man that blows my mind…how is reason offensive to anyone?!?
rebutting a religious person, as many of you know, is just not worth it (teaching a pig to sing analogy- they will only get annoyed) but i think the direction we should be pointing (people who believe in science) in is how can we make this shit appealing to the masses? at the end of the day, skepticism in the hands of a select few is not going to change much. we need to convince people that reason is far more satisfying.
ok so thats a nighttime rant before bed.
nice to meet you, and i look forward to reading the forum, and hopefully meeting up. im a screaming atheist and have much in common with you.