Atheists are disliked in America—constantly denigrated in public surveys—which may explain why many doubters conceal their lack of belief.
Religion is an extremely touchy topic. Church members often become angry if anyone questions their supernatural dogmas.
In 1976, a whopping 82% of adult Americans identified themselves as white Christians, but today the rate has fallen to just 43 percent.
There’s no heavenly protector to save people with cancer or children with leukemia. Trusting medical science is the only hope.
For thinking people, there’s only one possible answer to the age-old problem of evil: The all-loving Father proclaimed by many faiths cannot exist.
Blasphemy isn’t a dirty word. It simply means voicing doubts about supernatural religious claims. That’s normal for intelligent, science-minded people.
Sex is a powerful human force: it’s natural, healthy, normal and wonderful. However, Western religion has spent millennia tainting it with shame, guilt and punishment.
Politicians always call religion a mighty force for good. President Reagan labeled it “the bedrock of moral order”. They say it builds brotherhood.
Young seekers of truth go through a phase of wondering whether life has any discernible meaning. Why are we here? Why does the universe exist? Is there a purpose to it all?
Nowadays, nearly everyone realizes that science is a colossal boon to humanity, curing disease, eliminating drudgery, advancing knowledge, opening worldwide communications and generally making life better.
Suppose a miracle is reported. Some Americans will embrace this news joyfully, as evidence of the holy, while others will be skeptical.
Well, the “Mothman” movie stirred thoughts about the eagerness of some people to believe nutty things.
Without religion, divisions would blur with passing generations; children would adapt to new times, mingle, intermarry, forget ancient wounds.
A majority of Americans behave as if they doubt the reality of gods, devils, heavens, hells, miracles, visions, prophecies and the rest of church supernaturalism. Daily life proceeds as “functional atheism” (acting as if God doesn’t exist).
Dozens of surveys find identical evidence: fewer American adults attend, or even belong to, a church. They state their religion is “none.” They ignore faith.
Who was this man, this skeptic?