“Matrix” aficionados will recognize the movie’s mantra. I use it to congratulate Believers on the Brink who have gone the whole hog, ditched religion completely and become atheists. It takes a while for them to take in the magnitude of the step they have taken. After forty years I still marvel at my own credulity. I am reminded of it every day – the media are full of examples of blindfaithblindfolly. How could I ever have swallowed such nonsense ? It is indeed difficult to understand how intelligent adults can continue to live in a world of make-believe.
Religious credulity is so common that most believers have no idea how outrageous their beliefs really are. They think they live in a real world. The lucky and enlightened ones among them discover that their illusions are less credible even than the science-fiction of films like “Matrix”. Such movies almost make us believe in make-believe, and really make the unreal seem real. But, after the fun, we reenter the real world. The tragedy with religion is that it makes us believe in make-believe and think it is really real. I am dedicated to leading believers, to recall the title of my book, from their illusions to illumination, from make-believe back to the real world.