For century after century after century, the Christian church had designated the people to be despised: the religious believers called Jews.
Throughout history, secular humanist skeptics have been key figures in struggles for human rights and social justice.
We’re entering a new Secular Age when magical supernatural beliefs cannot be swallowed by educated modern people.
The Enlightenment gradually changed western civilization, instilling a new sense that faith is personal, not to be dictated by authorities.
For millennia, female inferiority was presumed. Often mere possessions of men, confined to the home, rarely educated, with few rights.
Why is religion – which universally teaches love, forgiveness and brotherhood – entwined in so much murder and hate around the world?
Church attendance is down; supernatural beliefs are down. Perhaps 50 million U.S. adults now ignore organized religion.
Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade in 1095 to wrest the Holy Land from infidels. "Deus Vult" (God wills it) became the rallying cry.
When religion is the ruling force in a society, it produces horror. The stronger the supernatural beliefs, the worse the inhumanity.
The problem of evil doesn’t disprove God’s existence - it merely proves that He cannot be both all-controlling and all-merciful.