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How do you deal with religious friends?

Started this discussion. Last reply by faith the atheist Apr 21, 2010. 9 Replies

I have very recently come out as an Atheist and I have a very close friend, whom I have known since I was very young, who is rather devote Lutheran.  The issue has reared it's ugly head when we…Continue

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Anthony Betters replied to Carrot Hare's discussion Atheists around the world! ASSEMBLE!
"Bay City, Michigan, it could be worse."
May 6, 2012
Anthony Betters replied to Against All Fanatics's discussion Are Obama and Bush liars?
"A great man once said that the common people regard god as true, the wise regard it as false and those in power regard it as useful. I think that is precisely what is going on here. One would be quite safe in assuming that the majority of the…"
Aug 28, 2010
faith the atheist replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"Only one other person is sure that I'm atheist and when she found out our friendship was over!So now I'm really scared to tell my mother about my atheism.i think that she kind of knows.Hopefully your friend is more understanding."
Apr 21, 2010
Broc Maples replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"everything they have said on here is very great advice. Always remember to be patient and to be constructive with your criticism. I would only add (as an ex-christian) that you have a unique story to tell and you can use your previous perspectives…"
Apr 21, 2010
Vincent replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"If I may express my humble oppinion, Deal with utmost patience, like you would do with children. It is a matter of "conditioning" of the brain, you can't argue, you can't reason with them if you are not religious and specially if…"
Apr 19, 2010
Devil's Advocate replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"Man, is it that difficult to figure out. Just tell him that you do not believe in God and do not wish to participate in reading the Bool of Eli or the like. What the heck?"
Apr 19, 2010
Prog Rock Girl replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"I had a friend and when we were younger we were both exploring new age and pagan beliefs. A few years ago she got back into Christianity which she was raised in. We used to talk a lot about different things b/c she had adopted the usual Christian…"
Apr 18, 2010
Martin C replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"Take them to clash of the titans and explain how it is just as valid, and most people believed that stuff at one time, and its more plausible since multiple gods can at least explain contradictions in reality :)"
Apr 18, 2010
eric stone replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"There's no one good answer for this but keeping quiet probably will not work for you. I suggest that you practice how you would assert yourself in a nonbelligerent manner and keep in mind that it's a long series of learning experiences on…"
Apr 18, 2010
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Anthony Betters replied to Rayray's discussion Why was the bible composed in the first place?
"I don't think this theory has a whole lot of merit, as the governmental systems of antiquity and to a lesser extent the middle ages tend to contradict many of the ideas of the bible. For example, the idea of believing the the "kingdom of…"
Apr 18, 2010
Jezzy replied to Anthony Betters's discussion How do you deal with religious friends?
"I don't have any miracle advice. I don't want to blast people with what they aren't asking for, but I don't want to live a lie either. I don't think fighting with people does much good, but I think exposing them to new ideas…"
Apr 18, 2010
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How do you deal with religious friends?

I have very recently come out as an Atheist and I have a very close friend, whom I have known since I was very young, who is rather devote Lutheran.  The issue has reared it's ugly head when we recently saw The Book of Eli.  While I found it to be entirely too preachy, he loved it.  I find myself keeping quiet far more around friends then I would like and am curious about how others handle issues of this nature. See More
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Anthony Betters replied to Dave Rogers's discussion Is religion's demise inevitable in the future development of the human race?
"I think it is a little too optimistic to say that the demise of religion is inevitable due to the ease with which a person can be indoctrinated along with the surprising adaptability of religion to new situations. This has been seen most prominently…"
Apr 7, 2010

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At 8:36am on January 2, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello to Anthony Better

a big welcome to this great Nexus meeting place and its thousands of bright people like you who recognise religion for the superstition and dreadful fraud that it is---
and that gods exist only as fictions inside people's heads.

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