that's the problem. IMO, there is no way to "reason it out" since all of the big questions seem to revolve around a particular "god" being right. Yes, I could make up a good story on what makes sense to me but that's about it.
So what's the problem with that? Everyone does that, it's how religion works. So you make up an idea that makes sense to you, and put it out there, and as people criticize it it gets better. And a few people adopt it. But let's say atheists are 5% of the population. If each of them does this, and then gets 19 people to adopt something similar to "their" god, we win. Of course, we will never get the true crazies this way. But convincing 15 or so people to adopt something you think makes sense is something you could probably do. Maybe not in a year, but let's say you do this, and you get one person per year. 15 years from now, we win. And long before that, there's some serious social change. Consider also that since people will be passing these ideas around, your effectiveness is multiplied. It's doable.
Of course, during this time the religions are going to be recruiting as well, so it's not going to be nearly the cakewalk the above paragraph suggests. But this is why my idea is better than the standard atheist meme - once you've adopted another belief, and it's satisfying and fulfilling, the old religions have less appeal. The atheist belief is a null position, which is less satisfying.
So, now the supposed words of "God", Vishnu, etc are just human creations. I agree, but that then begs the qeustion, just how does anyone know about
"Deity" other than their own opinion and therefore makes all religion/faith/belief simply spag. To compare religons with paintings again ignores the fact that religiosn claim that they are divinely inspired and therefore completely right. No painting does this.
Yup. Religion is personal opinion, not passed down from God's messenger the Church. But you notice that everyone has very similar opinions about certain things, and you say the things that people have the most agreement on are "God's Will", because they're somehow written into the order of the universe. So personal opinion is still significant.
Religions claim they are divinely inspired, and that's how they have all the answers. But you need to read their books, do their rituals, and pay them money in order to understand God. I claim my idea might be divinely inspired, as I've tried to explain what I see as true and evident from how the world works, and I find it quite satisfying and a good guide to behaviour. And I, being just a humble human being before God, think that it's OK not to know all the answers, so long as we acknowledge the important ones which relate to how we should act (based on our consciences) and continue to seek to understand. I think at least a few people will like my idea more than the standard model of religion, but I'm working on making it even more appealing.
Right now you have a certain approach, bashing people in the mailbag. I'm not claiming my approach is a miracle cure. But relative to your current strategy, is mine better, or is it worse? I think better.