by John Sorenson
According to hard evidence from the University of Chicago’s survey “Belief about God across Time and Countries” the number of believers in religion has dropped in 30 countries since 1991, and from 1991 to 2008 atheists numbers grew in 23 of 30 countries. In the same report [surveyors reported never believing in god] rose in 14 of 17 countries from 1991 to 2008. It is this last entry that should spawns some deep thought. What would incite someone to list themselves in that order on the survey? People are now coming out and away from religious holds. What’s causing this, what changing their minds? Could it be they made contact with someone who was clear on their own meaning of being godless and was comfortable to engage their friends and family? Was it someone who was seeking a stronger person in the context of being godless, enough in their own nature of being godless that they could actually assist in changing the minds of those who might want to convert to Atheism?
Whatever the case, Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics, Free Thinkers and the overall Secular community have to be ready for the knock on the door one day in which a neighbor or family member comes to us and say they have questions or a problem with religion or asks what being godless is all about. I was one of those who almost four years ago sought out someone who exemplified what being godless is all about. My godless mentor took me under his arms and offered no certain finite explanation of the exact meaning of being godless is other than it is without belief in deity. What he did explain though was more profound and robust than that. The meaning of being godless should be a personal search for one’s own truth and realization of responsibility to self and society. Were all tied into this world together and it is through each other that we are the most strong. Yet each day we the godless start by looking at the mirror, and instead of praying to a deity we assume control of ourselves by asking and reaffirming that we can through ourselves first commit to a decisive moral compass for the good of society and then apply this standard measure of goodness, again one less moving part.