"Thank you all for your good advice. I think I'll go for a gentle Socratic dialog, agreeing with them first on common ground issues. For Christians, I'd like to start with introducing them to the notion of inculcation ("If…"
"I enjoy a good, well thought out debate, however that is rare on the part of the theist. I try to always be considerate and openminded, but it definatly isnt easy. I like the technique of getting them to agree that the bible is law, and then bust…"
"In the past I have debated several topics but not atheism. The only reason for that is I am within a couple of years of coming to my senses. My approach has always been to be somewhat diplomatic. I believe atheism or agnosticism or any topic you…"
"I don't typically debate atheism or theism anymore. Theism is clearly absurd but trying to convince a theist of that is like trying to nail jelly to the wall. You won't get anywhere but frustrated and you'll leave a big mess behind.…"
"I spend what is probably considered an un-heathy amount of time reading the bible and anything Bart Ehram has written. Knowing the bible better than Christians, if a debate or discussion on religion ever arises, is aways…"
" I don't seek out debate with people who don't initiate it. What they believe is no business of mine. But I relish any opportunity to argue energetically with anyone who tries to convert me. Jehovah's Witnesses…"
"I've found that the best thing to read if you're going to have conversations with theists is the bible itself. The best way to have an impact with them is to have an obviously more thorough knowledge of it's contents. It…"
"I tend to avoid it if the person is too religious. If I sense the person is open minded I will give it a try. I noticed if the goal is persuasion then is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to be very respectful even to the most idiotic statements, and shut…"
"All too often, you're just giving them a chance to prove their faith, that their faith is strong enough to withstand evidence. And let's face it: the stronger the onslaught they withstand, the stronger their faith. I feel almost everyone…"
"Well, I'm not the argumentative type but I have always imagined if I were debating with a proselytizing Xian, Jehovah's Witness, etc I would propose that if they were to disprove the existence of Zeus, Krishna, Allah, Odin and the many…"
"To answer your question, Rich, I love to wait until people have expressed their opinions as bigoted and ignorant as they are, and then ask them politely to explain how their faith chooses to explain a whole realm of evils that can be attributed to…"
"I absolutely agree with you Ofuskation. Unfortunately when dealing with those who are irrational, it is impossible to 'win', one can only gain the upper hand by staying in control. The calm deployment of intelligence that you speak of is…"
"I wouldn't say that I go out and seek debate on the subject although I do assert my opinion/position when it is socially acceptable to do so.
I also spend a considerable amount of time in the Religion and Spirituality section on Yahoo!…"
I used to be a smart computer guy (since 1968). And then I became a smart stand-up comedian (2009). I'm not smart anymore and pretty soon I won't be here at all (early onset Alzheimer's). I can't remember them, but I know I wrote some *great* atheism jokes -- they're on my computer. I just don't know where. Can I get back to you on this?
Why are you here?
I like being around smart, enlightened people. It took me until around age 60 to: join Mensa, start doing stand-up comedy, and seek other atheists. My wife says I "pro-cras-ti-nate." I keep meaning to look up what that means.
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
A Facebook post mentioned JJ Krenek. A Google search led me here.
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