Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
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22-01-2014, 02:32 PM
Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
This is a story I've never heard, although it occurred to me that you would think it has come up before.

Has anyone, after coming out atheist to family (or some other circle), followed by being approached/challenged by some of those in that circle, and then later led to a deconversion by them as well?

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22-01-2014, 02:41 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
No, but my "coming out" resulted in learning about others in my family who are agnostic.

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22-01-2014, 02:41 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
Nope.

It colides with some of my moral principles to convert anyone.

I belief firmly that humans have the right to self determination and to chose their own destiny.

To interfere with that would be wrong. If ever - then I simply explain why I am an atheist, rather than trying to convince someone to be an atheist.

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22-01-2014, 02:49 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
My broaching the subject with my dad got him to say it out loud. He was already an Atheist, he just hadn't said it to anyone.

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22-01-2014, 02:55 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
No, although I was deconverted, in part, because of another two cousins.

I did point an inquisitive younger cousin of my wife to her agnostic/atheist cousins.
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22-01-2014, 03:12 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
I suppose I kind of encouraged my mum to question it... She's always had doubts, and a disturbing childhood experience with religion. But was always afraid to question it...

I don't know what she actually believes now, I think she'd rather not even think about it anymore... Quite understandable when her childhood indoctrination had her screaming in terror believing a demon was in her bedroom....

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22-01-2014, 05:10 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
I avoid religious discussion with my family members as much as possible because they are too indoctrinated. From the discussions I have had, I say there is not a chance. Sad

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22-01-2014, 05:38 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
Not me, but non of them seem to have any religious belief that I can tell and I kind of doubt any of them actually believe in any of that stuff, so I it doesn't really matter.

But I have deconverted girlfriends. There is a lot of time to have deep, indepth conversations with girlfriends, so that tends to happen.

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22-01-2014, 07:13 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
Unfortunately no.. i don't think its possible to persuade others to question their personal beliefs.

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22-01-2014, 09:58 PM
RE: Anyone ever deconverted a family member?
It only took a few reasoned arguments to deconvert my wife. Faith is very tenuous when the person is open to reason.
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