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16-03-2014, 03:31 PM
Have you ever de-converted anyone?
Have any of you heathen, atheists ever knowingly de-converted any believers through a debate forum or any other method? Not being a debater myself, I've observed that most debates between non-believers and believers ends in a stand off. I avoid encounters with theists myself. They make my blood pressure spike.

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16-03-2014, 03:47 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
Never.
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16-03-2014, 03:51 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
(16-03-2014 03:31 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  Have any of you heathen, atheists ever knowingly de-converted any believers through a debate forum or any other method? Not being a debater myself, I've observed that most debates between non-believers and believers ends in a stand off. I avoid encounters with theists myself. They make my blood pressure spike.

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16-03-2014, 04:03 PM (This post was last modified: 16-03-2014 04:08 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
Nope. Ain't my job. Make your own goddam metaphysics bitches. Drinking Beverage

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16-03-2014, 04:29 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
Ayup.

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16-03-2014, 04:40 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
Not really, but I was possibly a factor in my first wife's disaffection with the Roman Catholic Church. They did the heavy lifting themselves. Dodgy

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16-03-2014, 05:19 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
I'll have a friendly debate with a theist if they ask me why I am an atheist, but I don't try to go around de-converting anyone, because I know how annoying it is when religious people try to convert me. De-conversion really isn't something that happens over one debate. I probably have planted a seed in a person's head at one point, but I've never had anybody tell me they were a hard-core believer and then changed their mind after debating me. Maybe I dealt the final blow to somebody that was already having doubts, but I can't say for sure.

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16-03-2014, 05:19 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
I did, but as a christian. My goal is to get people to accept evolution by education, not to make the atheist.

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16-03-2014, 05:34 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
Everyone comes to faith or moves away from it, of their own accord. I just ''plant seeds,'' and hopefully, those seeds blossom, and the person naturally wants to learn more on his/her own. Same with faith ''conversions.'' No person brings a person to faith. Whether one is an atheist or theist, it is a personal path that he/she takes to get there. At least that was the case for me, turning away from religion and now, considering myself an atheist. It was far from over night, and I'm grateful for all the people (atheists) who helped me along the way, to illuminate my path. Smile

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16-03-2014, 06:18 PM
RE: Have you ever de-converted anyone?
No de-conversions

But I have de-ark'd 3 people, and de-genesis'd 1 person.
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