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Re: Evangelical atheist

Postby Rian » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:00 pm

What would you like to hear if you were talking with a Christian and it came up that you were an atheist? What would make you feel valued and listened to?
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Re: Evangelical atheist

Postby spongebob » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:32 am

Rian wrote:What would you like to hear if you were talking with a Christian and it came up that you were an atheist? What would make you feel valued and listened to?


That's a good question; I may have to think about it for a while. Right off the cuff I'd say that I definitely don't want to hear anything about going to hell or not going to heaven and nothing about being sad or any sort of sympathy and certainly nothing intended to induce guilt. These are all very common initial reactions christians have and I fully understand where they come from. It's what they've been taught and developed to think over years of being exposed to the christian environment. We were told horrible, sad stories about atheists when I was growing up and I'm now positive those were completely manufactured.

I suppose I would just like some understanding, perhaps a withholding of judgement until they know what I'm about. Christians don't typically launch into guilt mode when say, a Pentecostal meets a Catholic, even though they do have reservations about one another.

I remember the very first time I met someone who did not immediately profess to believing in god; it was while I was attending college but working as an intern. He said he was agnostic and that was the first time I had even heard that word. It both intrigued me and frightened me a little, but I did not try to guilt him although I did ask him a lot of questions.
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
~Bertrand Russell

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Re: Evangelical atheist

Postby spongebob » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:12 am

I just happened across this Youtube video. Not a bad approach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZnzWz71jCc
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
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