Even though I see religion and non-scientific worldviews as existential risks to the future of humanity, I always seek awareness of their claims and their practices. As I am committed to science — seeking truth — I will use this information to challenge religious beliefs. But I also try to be on the same page with others, understanding their motives and understanding of the world. The most popular part of religion among the people I come across is the notion of love thy neighbour. When we realise that making other people live good and happy lives is our common goal, there is ground for proposing new solutions to the problem. Unlike the good afterlife religion promises, science can help us determine how to make life better in a proven and direct manner. With awareness, we can build bridges, even if the abyss persists. For this, be prepared to get into the uncomfortable and the stigmatised.
Recommended reading: Colin Wright – Awareness