I certainly do. At the very least I want to challenge all who claim absolute truth and leave no stone unturned until anyone marginally rational does not feel oppressed by renouncing religion!

...eh... but I'm young and ambitious to save the world...LOL sure... I'd like an experienced opinion.

As one who leans toward secular humanist philosophy, is it our responsibility to spread our beliefs to the theists?
Is it right to say that I think that this is right and campaign through debates to get the message across?
Does this make me any better than a theist?

Questions that have been somewhat troubling to me... ideas?

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Comment by Sigmund on February 7, 2010 at 6:13am
I'd say go for it - you're probaly willing to explain why you like your favourite movie or song - why should religious fanatics be the only ones who get to discuss faith.
Sure, a lot of people don't want to hear you rambling on about why you've found the right way - they may just not be that interested (that seems to apply to most people I know), but that doesn't mean you can't be vocal in your ideas. I certainly am, and I still have friends...
Comment by Johnny on October 14, 2009 at 2:37am
no. I get stuck when they say "what makes you better than me?"

Cliff it seems that you generalize people too much. If everyone was capable of picking apart and seeing flaws in theism and making questions, then there would be no theists.

NO doubt we need to spread. Just not like they do and they don't understand why we are not the same. They think that doubt is a "doctrine" because they have no schema for doubt. They don't routinely practice it. They say emotion is more important than reason for FSM's sake!
Comment by Johnny on October 13, 2009 at 9:11pm
Whenever I try to debate one, I always get stuck on: what makes you better then me? Why is it ok for everyone to be atheist but not ok for everyone to be christian?

What does make me better than them? I say reason, but they just say hope is better than reason, which is rediculous, but if they don't want reason, then how do you use reason against them? (even the smart ones have said this. When it comes up I always have to dodge it and proceed to disproving their beliefs)
Comment by Johnny on October 13, 2009 at 11:27am
I want the percentage of theists to at least equal the major religions. It horrifies me that a good majority of the world is raised under the theist doctrine of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" It just makes me sick!

If we are to forward the benefit of the species as a rational creature with quasi-universal brotherly love, then how the hell is religion the answer? I am half inclined to walk down the street and challenge every theist I see that is worth anything at debating to make sure that at least the intellectuals are able to be free.
Comment by Sabio Lantz on October 13, 2009 at 7:41am
Sure, Theists should push their position too. The thing we want to be sure of is that none of this is done coercively. And the most powerful coercive tool is the government. So preserve opinions but curb the violence.
Comment by Johnny on October 13, 2009 at 1:36am
Certainly what gives me the right to say I am right?


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