The first step was the American Revolution.<quoted text>
My hope is that some day humans will shed religion and learn that the freedom to think without theologians being allowed to confuse the thinking, it is a gift that one gives the self.
The most popular book was "Common Sense."
In fact, it can fairly be said that most Fundies here have shed Biblical medicine.
We have also shed most Biblical Law. Usury, how slaves should be treated (freed), the status of women, etc., etc., etc.
We have shed virtually all Biblical "science." The earth no longer sits on pillars, nor has 4 corners.
We now know to wash our hands before meals.
Disease is not caused by demons.
But the need for some persists.