Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Atheist Conversions

I absolutely love these stories. Read this today from "Kill The Afterlife: Atheist Turned Christian" The claim of a christian saying they were just like me an atheist! My initial knee jerk reaction is "Oh really? Apparently you were not just like me otherwise you would not have been converted?" It's always so interesting to hear their testimony on how they used to be atheist but the found god. Most of the time there was some traumatic event or instant revelation personally that suddenly caused them to loose all sense of reason thus proving god was working in their lives personally. It reminds me how kirk cameron uses this same ploy to try to convert people. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying what is or is not an atheist. What kills me is the thinking that being an atheist means we automatically share some type of bond. No offense to the other atheists out there, but if we ever met out somewhere in the real world and it came out that you were an atheist as well. I seriously doubt it would change how I perceive you. Sure knowing that would tell me we could probably have some healthy conversations, but I'm sure we would have probably already been into some type of good conversation by the time that information came to light :) Again my point is this is just another strategy of winning souls for god. It's no different than the Rainsoft salesman that walks in the door. Within the first few minutes you have to find some camaraderie, something that will identify with the "target" in order for them to let their guard down. This makes it easier to persuade them to your thinking, maybe even play on some emotions. Basic sales and persuasion techniques 101.

8 comments:

sacred slut said...

To me, part of being a "real" atheist involves rational, science-based thinking. That pretty much precludes believing in supernatural entities. So I would have to say anyone who converted was either (a) not a "true" atheist (one who came to the decision based on reason) or (b) overwhelmed by their emotional reactions.

In any case, the fact that atheists convert to theism of any variety is not evidence of the validity of those religions' claims.

Robert said...

Exactly, that's what I find amusing when they start out with "I was an atheist just like you!"

salient said...

I usually don't believe that they have in fact converted from genuine atheism to Christianity. I think that they are either a) Christians who are lying about ever having genuinely entertained rational doubt rather than honestly describing temporary reduction in fervor, or b) Christians who are lying for the purpose of appearing to be even better believers than they were before, or c) Christians who are lying for the sake of demonstrating that Christianity is the Only True Way.

I suspect that most of them fall into the 'c' category of deluded fools who are lying for God.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious. The atheist double standard never ceased to give me a chuckle!

They laugh at the argument that Christians who "deconverted" were not true Christians, but at the same time argue that an atheist who converts was not a "true" "right thinking" atheist.

You deluded, deceiving, frauds!


Emanuel Goldstein.

Anonymous said...

WHAT IF YOU'RE WRONG. IF I'M WRONG IN BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST WILL I SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL? BUT IF I'M RIGHT?
QUOTE FROM DAVID HUME, THE ATHEIST WHO WAS AT DEATH'S DOOR, "I AM IN FLAMES."
THOMAS HOBBES AT HIS DEATH, "I AM STANDING BEFORE A TERRIBLE PLUNGE INTO DARKNESS."
and GOETHE CRIED WHEN HIS DEPARTURE FROM THIS EARTH HAD COME, "MORE LIGHT."

Courtland said...

Here's a logical argument.

All things that have a beginning have a cause or a purpose.

The universe had a beginning.

Thus, the universe has a purpose.

Prove me wrong logically and I'll believe there is no god. Also, explain the gaping holes in evolution such as the development of DNA, and irrducibly complex processes like blood clotting.

Go for it,

PS I'm not a christian

Anonymous said...

"To me, part of being a "real" atheist involves rational, science-based thinking."

However can you not see the argument that only see the world via the lens of "science based thinking" is not entirely rational and may be classed as "epistemologically naive"

Anonymous said...

"epistemologically naive" aawwee thats cute...