How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
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13-11-2016, 10:11 PM
How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
Don't know about other atheists but I don't care about sheep mewling. It's not like they have anything worthwile to say.

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14-11-2016, 07:16 AM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
I tend to say that everyone is entitled to believe what they want and that I don't force my views on anyone and they should respect my beliefs or lack of beliefs.

When I encounter anyone who wants to "save" me, I invariably start asking them about their own beliefs and if there's evidence to support them. They tend to go silent after a while and leave me alone.

Holding up the mirror of skepticism can be quite uncomfortable for individuals who want to proselytize.

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14-11-2016, 08:23 AM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
(13-11-2016 06:38 PM)Infront_of_the_Veil2 Wrote:  I'm new to atheism and I told someone I was an atheist and they told me to "stop the nonsense" & I almost lost it. I wanted to demean his intelligence and let him have it "intelligently". I know a lot of atheists are well studied in religion and often times know holy books better than the followers of holy books, & I found myself writing an essay to him about everything that has definitely been proven incorrect and factual, but I deleted it and left it at, "I don't try to force my beliefs on you so I deserve the same respect". He agreed and said it's his duty to "save my soul" and that also made my blood boil because to me the idea of burning people for eternity is the most immoral thing possible and threatening them with that "believe or be damned" is tyrannical. How do the atheists here deal with encounters like this?

Respect their first amendment. You can also practice your by laughing as chas suggests.

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14-11-2016, 09:22 PM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
Perspective: You were just told to "stop the nonsense" by an adult with an imaginary friend.

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14-11-2016, 09:37 PM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
I've honestly never been put right in the spotlight like that. Usually attempts at reconversion are made by my family, and I'm fairly good at skirting around the subject or debating them away.

But, if it ever came to it and I was confronted, repeatedly, with attempts to convince me my non-belief was 'wrong,' then I'd probably have a panic attack.

So my solution is just to avoid people who I know will 'pursue my soul.' Even past friends and moreover, family.

Because, really, those people are the kind least likely to respect your beliefs and opinions, no matter what you have to say, no matter how logically you explain it, because of how deeply ingrained they are in their belief. Even though they think they are helping you and their intentions are good (but grossly misguided), they will not back down and will only see you as the one guilty of burning bridges and being illogical.

So I thinks it's best to avoid them, and if they ask why, tell em.

Ignorance is not to be ignored.

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14-11-2016, 09:44 PM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
Ask them why they worship a god that would even allow a hell to exist, thereby putting "souls" in danger.

And then tell them to go home and pray without ceasing for their god to abolish hell. That should keep 'em busy for a while.
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14-11-2016, 10:46 PM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
Don't tell them that you're an atheist and they won't try.
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14-11-2016, 11:35 PM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
(14-11-2016 10:46 PM)Celestial_Wonder Wrote:  Don't tell them that you're an atheist and they won't try.

And if you quit posting, you won't get insulted. Drinking Beverage

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14-11-2016, 11:42 PM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
I tend to vibrate in the frequency of psychopathy, so people generally don't approach me... about anything. Big Grin

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14-11-2016, 11:59 PM
RE: How do you deal with religious people trying to reconvert you?
(14-11-2016 11:35 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(14-11-2016 10:46 PM)Celestial_Wonder Wrote:  Don't tell them that you're an atheist and they won't try.

And if you quit posting, you won't get insulted. Drinking Beverage

I came here fully anticipating getting insulted. Although I don't think I've been personally insulted yet. The incident you're probably referring to being Leela and she was just insulting religion. Behavior that I sought to admonish her for. ^-^
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