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
"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…"
"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."
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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 :)"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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
"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…"
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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