Initiating an Atheist movement in a religious country

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Discussion by: RocketMan
Initiating an Atheist movement in a religious country

I’m a student in South Africa. I was raised very religiously(Dutch Reformed as most of the white population). The country is rife with Christian religion mostly. Especially lately with the black population, which is unfortunately, usually very poor and accepting religion as the ultimate freedom.
I believe this is a very detrimental movement to the future of the country. I have had a dream of initiating such a movement, especially in the younger communities(in schools etc.), ever since I accepted reality.
I do not know a SINGLE atheist. Not a single one. And I’m seeing a movement, more and more, to fundamentalist Christianity.
What would be a start/launching point to starting such a movement, and would it be advisable? Both here, and in other more religiously focused countries.

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  1. In reply to #5 by Dublin-atheist:

    You could try starting up debating classes, and even if not every debate is about religion it would help some of the other students to argue for the truth based on evidence.

    Good idea. This debates led me to thinking about God and about the truth based on evidence and for the first time in my life I was shocked how much evidence there is for the resurection of Jesus and I finally converted from agnosticism.

  2. I am in the same boat as you my friend. I was raised to be religious, and every single person I’ve ever had a personal relationship is religious. When I came out with my atheism to my family they literally shunned me for the longest time, believing that atheism was a form of satanic worship. At around age 12 or so I just could not accept that Santa Claus wasn’t real, but a space wizard who listened to everyone’s thoughts was. It’s been about 9 years and I really can’t fathom how people go in living in denial like they do. Not questioning their faith that has been forced down their throats their whole life.

    Honestly, some people are without hope. No matter how tall the stack of evidence you place in front of them they will still believe a 2000 year old story book written by farmers and nomads. But fortunately, there are some who are not as closed minded. I issued ‘The God Delusion’ to a friend, and after reading he confessed that he had been converted to atheism. You can’t start a movement if people refuse to listen in fear of burning in hell. But for those intellectuals who can, recommending books by Dawkins would be a sound strategy.

    As a side note, this is my first post on this site so I apologize if this isn’t the format discussions are to be taken place herein.

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