During a lecture earlier this year, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and atheist author Lawrence Krauss suggested that religion could possibly be greatly diminished from society – within just one generation – if atheists continue to teach children.
Krauss made the comment while speaking at the Victorian Skeptics Café in Australia about how children should be taught about religion from a critical perspective.
What we need to do is present comparative religion as a bunch of interesting historical anecdotes and show the silly reasons why they each did what they did. Instead of shying away from it, we have to explicitly educate people to confront their own misconceptions.
Using the examples of slavery and gay marriage, Krauss reasoned that it cannot possibly take more than one generation’s time to eradicate religion from society.
People say, ‘Well, religion has been around since the dawn of man. You’ll never change that’. … This issue of gay marriage, it is going to go away, because if you’re a child, a 13-year-old, they can’t understand what the issue is. It’s gone. One generation is all it takes.