The handsome man gazing into the distance seen above is none other than Richard Dawkins himself. He has authored many books on various subjects that all fall into the spectra of science-over-traditional beliefs. Unfortunately, summarizing all of his written works would be impractical because:
a) The subjects vary a great deal
b) I've only fully read one of his books...
The good news is as follows: the one book that I did read by Dawkins has shaped the way I look at my own absence of religion. The book in question is The God Delusion and one can extrapolate what the subject matter of the book is.
Dawkins takes the stance that few atheists, including myself, are reluctant to take. He claims that the "respectful" stance that we take towards other religions is actually detrimental to the progression of society. Atheists, Dawkins goes on to say, should not stand by and allow the world to continue on a strongly-religious course. Instead, atheists should stand up for their beliefs and not take indecision as an answer. This book is a MUST READ if you are an atheist, or are a theologian open to an interesting viewpoint.
I have an internal debate when I think about Dawkin's advice to be vocal about my beliefs. Granted, I do think the world would be a better and more rational place if we lived in a secular society. I also think that a lot of the social stigmas we have in this day and age (drug use, homosexuality) are only issues because of their inherent religious conflicts. However, the one thing I hate in life is when other people impress their beliefs onto me rudely. Sure, you can tell me you are Catholic, Wiccan, Muslim, whatever, I have no problem with that. But if you tell me I'm going to Hell because I don't believe in your God, I f*cking hate you!!!!!!! This goes the other way too; we all know that annoying atheist that picks arguments with every religious person in their vicinity. There is no proof of God, they claim, therefore religious beliefs are irrational. There is no proof of an absence of God either, so arguing rationality when there is NO evidence in either direction is absurd. A society based on religion does not function fairly, but denying the right to believe in something that is inherently a guess is also wrong. Ultimately, this is what you need to get out of this post:
Read the book, make your own decision and act according to what you believe is right