I'm new here and there is a lot of possible reading. My interest was captured by a topic looking for responses to the famous, "what if you're wrong" question and I have posted there.
I am interested to know how people respond to the smug last word that many theists seem to get when they end a discussion/debate with either, "God bless you", "I'll pray for you" or a combination of the two. I have been working on my response and, depending on how irritated I am as the discussion closes, I generally say either: -
"I cannot give you anyone elses blessing but I wish you health, happiness and prosperity"
or (if provoked)
"I cannot give you anyone elses blessing but I wish you health, happiness, prosperity and freedom from delusion" (The ones that don't become apoplectic generally just blink in speechless amazement ;)
What does everyone else say?
This is far and away my favourite response so far and I hope you don't mind if I use it.
Or better yet, "May the Schwartz be with you."
I usually go "Eehheheh...uh, thanks." And promptly end the conversation.
When anyone says, "god bless you" to me I reply with, "gezundheit!" (Stay strong my friend!)