Over at Atheist Revolution, vjack has set a challenge: us reasonable folk need to start proposing solutions to the problems we are discussing. Well, I'm not one to turn down a challenge, so here's my take on how we can wean the world off its deity dependency.
First of all, I'm optimistic that the human race will eventually achieve a post-religious society. I'm also pretty sure that it won't be in my lifetime (of course I'd love to be proved wrong). I think we might be able to speed things up just a little though.
I started this blog because I think it's important to make the atheist perspective more visible. I can't make much difference as an individual, but together we can add to the volume of information that's available. Exposure to ideas makes them more acceptable. We need to take the shock value out of atheism and make it a normal everyday outlook on life.
The What Can I Do? category on this blog is intended to hold suggestions on how we can move things forward, I plan to post suggestions there when I get ideas. At the moment, it just contains one post (other than this one), Stand Up and Be Counted which suggests joining organisations that campaign on freethought issues. I think this is very important. In the UK, the British Humanist Association and the National Secular Society do great work representing us - if they had more members and more money they'd be able to do more.
I also suggest we practice what we preach, as it were, and apply reason. No I don't mean that we need to reason with the believers, we know that hasn't worked! What I mean is that we need to tackle this rationally.
I think Dawkins is right on this one, religion is a meme. We need to understand how it works and how to counter it. We need to apply science, philosophy and knowledge of history to the problem. We've got reason on our side, let's use it.