I went out for drinks the other night with a couple friends of mine, and one of them is a devout Christian. We've had MANY debates on Facebook and what-not constantly challenging each other's convictions. We've always kept it respectful, and she is a very intelligent person. I think part of the reason these debates are able to stay healthy is that I never argue against the existence of "God," as I have no more proof than they do to support my belief of the lack of one. I only debate about the religions themselves, the tangible facts that demonstrate the tyranny of these entities over the course of history.
That said, the other night was the first time I'd talked to her in a month or two. Of course, religion got brought up (I swear I didn't mean to) and I couldn't believe what I heard. Apparently, she's been taking a theology class with a very bright proffessor that has made an astounding impact on her viewpoints. She basically echoed everything I've been trying to point out to her in our debates. She still has her religious beliefs, but she has become so much more open minded. When I brought up that this was in no way intended to be a "Christian country" she practically finished my sentence. When I brough up Galileo, she was just as pissed as I was at what happened to him. She admitted she has no problem with gay marriage. She still thinks it's a sin, but realized it's not her place to tell other people that they have to live in accordance with her beliefs. She even went as far as to say that she doesn't even judge people for getting abortions of all things. While she still claims to be "pro-life" she was basically telling me she was ok with people being aloud to make that decision for themselves (which, last I checked, is the entire pro-choice argument, but that's another story). I couldn't believe it. Finally, a Christian that isn't trying to dominate the way other people live. I've always been respectful of others' beliefs, but it's just so rare that those that subscribe to religion are as respectful, as most religions are simply designed to brainwash people anyway.
Anyways, I was wondering if anybody had any similar stories of "conversion" or whatever you want to call it. After many debates with this woman, I could never get her to budge. I'd like to think I'm well spoken enough to at least make sense of what I'm trying to convey, but I couldn't get through. A few weeks with a certain proffessor and she's singing a different tune. The reason I'd like to hear other "conversion" stories is because I'd like to know where I'm going wrong if other people have had more success. Any input is much appreciated.