Ranking 3rd on Adherants.com's list of the world's Major "religions", you wouldn't think of Free Thinkers as a dying breed. But, I ask; What are we doing to grow?
If you look at the modern Christian evangelical movement, they are putting up quite a front for the hearts and minds of the world's population, and in particular, it's youth. See, for instance, some of the following:
Acquire the Fire:
The Passion Conference:
Clearly, the followers of Christ are putting together quite a formidable effort to recruit the youth of this nation, and of the world. Their current marketing strategies are aimed at the young hipsters of Generation Y. Past, are the days of Catholic missionaries in the jungles of Africa, attempting to cleanse the unwashed masses. Today, they are taking a whole new bent on the Christian experience: "Christ is cool".
Where are we? What are we doing? How are we fighting to right the minds of the disenfranchised youth of the planet Earth? Why aren't we putting programs, literature together to make OUR voice, the voice of reason, heard?
While Evangelist Luis Palau was in Beijing handing out free copies of his book, where were the enlightened, handing out copies of 'The God Delusion', or 'The Selfish Gene', or even Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'?
We, as a group, are a fairly enlightened, and intelligent group. Why can't we put together a marketing offensive like this? Who's gonna step up to the plate, and cleanse the minds of our future leaders? Who is going to save this world from the Religious?