Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Needing atheist Gen Y'ers to write essays for a book

Come one, come all!! I’ve decided to start working on a book written by and for Generation Y (anyone born 1980-1990s).


I feel a lot of what’s out there currently in the literature is at times very intellectually heavy and intimidating, with the majority of articles, books, speeches, debates, etc all relating to much older generations of atheists. It seems like there’s a bit of a disconnect between the younger generations of people interested in immersing themselves into this wonderful world of atheism. So I thought a book of essays written by Gen Y’ers would be a nice idea, and the feedback I’ve had so far has been fairly encouraging.
Anyway, my idea was to organise 20-30 Gen Y atheists, of any nationality, any background, any whatever… the only prerequisite obviously being that they are an atheist. Each person would write an essay including how/why/when they became an atheist and 1 or so main reasons that facilitated that change or that solidified their position as an atheist. It’d be nice to get a decent spread of people with a background in as many faiths as possible too.
Here are some examples:
Issues with faith and morality.
Science, biology, geology/fossil record, evolution, genetics, human history, anthropology, archaeology, philosophy…
That there are so many religions, they can’t all be right so maybe they’re all wrong,
Contradictions, forgeries, fabrication and mythicism in the bible.
There may also be room for any other interesting anecdotes or opinions each writer has with religion or supernatural beliefs. I’m sure we’ll need to mix it up a bit to make it less monotonous. We might also be able to loosely tie in scepticism of things like homeopathy, astrology, etc, as well if anyone’s had any interesting encounters or strong opinions.
The main goal is to just have a single book that people OUR age can read and hopefully be able to connect with at least one of the stories. For those who are on the fence with supernatural beliefs/atheism, are already somewhat of an atheist, or are all the way to capital Atheist.
So throw me your opinions, your interest, your advice, your criticism and hopefully we can get the ball moving! Feel free to post on here, or email me at petedarwin@gmail.com, or chat to me on facebook under Pete Darwin.
Cheers for your time,
Pete.

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