Brandon K. Boutieller
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Passive VS Aggressive Arguing

Started this discussion. Last reply by bongani muthwa Feb 4. 18 Replies

I have come to the conclusion that while arguing with a theist, being aggressive is a very counter productive way of doing it. In an argument, there is ultimately the one goal of one side convincing…Continue

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Brandon K. Boutieller commented on Teri G's blog post '"Thank God"'
"Yes, you have to remember though that these same people KNOW that there are men, women and children dying of starvation but they turn their head away because its "Gods plan" or "Gods will". They don't see how easy it is to…"
Feb 6
bongani muthwa replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
" "If it seems as though their belief is being "attacked", this triggers the emergency switch and everything you tell them, as factual as it may be, is interpreted as nonsense in their narrowed perspective." That is the exact…"
Feb 4
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Feb 3
Renee replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"I've found that playing the "searching" card and asking simple, honest questions is the best way to discuss religion.  Being a former Christian, I remember not even paying attention to the "aggressive" arguments of…"
Feb 3
Patrick Teague replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"I have found that any argument/debate/conversation of this genre has to be conducted as if you were playing the game Operation, except the pieces are always moving and you only have a pair of chopsticks. Irregardless of how many times you have had…"
Feb 1
Ed replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"Leaving one's faith at the doorstep and picking up the tools of reasoned thought is often too arduous a task. I liken the emotional bond of one's faith to their god as to the desperate mother clutching her young child while a stranger…"
Feb 1
Ed replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"Mark Twain: "Faith is believing that which you know ain't so."  The mother of all cognitive dissonance."
Feb 1
Unseen replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"S/he's not there to offer up her/his mind to be changed. Rather, you represent a test of her/his faith. Until you realize that you won't understand your part in the game s/he's playing. The theist, no matter what s/he says,…"
Feb 1
Diane replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"Arguing with theists, as I've said before, is like trying to teach pigs to dance.  It doesn't work and it annoys the pigs.  Of course, this applies to arguing with atheists also.  I find the best thing to do is just dance…"
Feb 1
David Smith replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"you will very seldom change the mind of a theist in open debate.  Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I never have.  What I aim for, is to see the glimmer of deeper thought in their eyes, even for a second.  That may be the spark that…"
Feb 1
kris feenstra replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"It's much easier to ignore people when they haven't put you on the defensive or pissed you off, though. Having watched a lot of theists start up conversations on these forums, they almost always seem to spend more time with the people who…"
Jan 31
Kairan Nierde replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"I disagree. If you push the right buttons and ask the right questions, you can plant a seed of doubt. It's much easier to do this when the person isn't feeling defensive."
Jan 31
Kairan Nierde replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"Yes. This 100%. Who better to break down their shields than themselves?"
Jan 31
Kairan Nierde liked Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion Passive VS Aggressive Arguing
Jan 31
Unseen replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"Those people were not trying to exhibit and prove their faith, however."
Jan 31
Davis Goodman replied to Brandon K. Boutieller's discussion 'Passive VS Aggressive Arguing'
"As yourself how many times you have changed your opinion about something because they called you a stupid idiot and told you your opinions are useless and hopelessly pathetic. How many times have you changed someone else’s opinions by…"
Jan 31

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13-18
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At 11:05am on October 5, 2011, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Brandon!

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Welcome!!
 
 
 

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