Wrong Track Atheists

It has occurred to me that we atheists may be on totally the wrong track trying to shake Christians of their god delusions. Their rigid belief is just a symptom of a deeper problem. Christians are victims. They have suffered relentless attacks over their entire lives to erode their power to reason, not just about religion, but about everything, especially science and politics. They are drilled to submit to authority, no matter how irrational.

We atheists need to focus instead on rehabilitation of the damage to the frontal lobes, much as if we were helping along stroke victims, bit by bit re-exercising and reinvigorating the damaged tissues. As the ability to reason and make decisions for oneself recovers, the paranoia about an undetectable terror-god will naturally drop away. Many Christians might even welcome such help since it would aid them immediately to lead more satisfying, productive day-to-day lives, without having to give up any religious beliefs.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)