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10 good tips for when you encounter Christians on the forums

Updated on April 4, 2011

A guide for argumentative atheists!

1. Always remain courteous. You may be discussing a subject that has no relevance or meaning to YOUR life, but to them, you are discussing the very essence of their existence, so be polite.

2. Don't use Biblical quotes out of context. If you believe that Christians interpret passages to suit their own ends, don't fall into the trap of doing the same thing.

3. Don't make generalizations about Christians. It pisses you off when Christians assume that ALL atheists are satanic, selfish, unintelligent and/or militant. Christian belief is as diverse as is Atheist unbelief.

4. Don't ever claim that your views are RIGHT and theirs are WRONG! No matter how much you disbelieve, it's a valid argument that you can no more prove that God doesn't exist than they can prove that he does! They make the mistake of claiming a belief as TRUTH, so don't fall into the trap of doing the same.

5. Be charitable. If you once believed in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, try to remember how nice it was to have invisible friends whose purpose was to bring reward and a sense of worth to your life.

6. Don't expect to convert any Christians to atheism. That would require a miracle, and you need to remember than you don't believe in miracles.

7. Be prepared for insults. Despite the spirit of Christian charity that all Christians possess, it seems to be acceptable to their standards that they can label all atheists as satan-possessed liars.

8. Be humble. No matter how much you believe your views to be genuine and unique to you, all Christians believe that you are really only a disguised voice of the devil, so don't take insults personally.

9. Keep a sense of humour. Even if, at some stage of your atheism, you get a niggling notion that maybe there COULD be a God, it's highly likely that he has a very good sense of humour...after all, he created Baptists!

10. Never use LOGIC in your arguments. Christians don't need logic. God's omniscience guarantees that all things are possible.

Happy debating!


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    • SteveMacken profile image

      SteveMacken 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland.

      Very useful... although my patience is sometimes pushed to the limit...

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      It sounds as if you think tolerance and Christianity have something in common. Hehe.

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      Thatguypk 6 years ago

      Agreed, angie. Thank you for your comments.

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      Angie Jardine 6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      I'm right with you on this, Thatguy ... you speak a lot of tolerant sense. I believe in Jesus as a teacher and healer and think he would be vastly upset by the way many people who ostentatiously label themselves as Christian have interpreted his life and works.

      Let's face it, fundamentalism in any religion is not a good thing.

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Yes, I think that's the real issue. If somebody wrote a hub telling how Christianity saved them, or had a great, new interpretation on how to apply a scripture to life, it would be more accepted. But to go on the hopper and find about 5 out of 10 hubs about Jesus can be really repetitive for readers on a creative writing forum, although he was a great guy. The world would be a much better place if people had listened to him.

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      Thatguypk 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Jean. Thankfully, most of my Christian friends are perfectly lovely people, who accept me for the person I am, and to whom I show mutual respect.

      It amuses me somewhat that many Christians find it acceptable to promote their views on public forums, but complain when members of the public, who don't support their views, enter into discussion/debate/argument with them.

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Thatguypk,

      I thought your ten suggestions were good ones. I think there is an overabundance of Christian stuff on HP, but there is no use in fighting about it. I think they should go to a religious forum, as I do not believe all Christian denominations believe it's their mission in life to convert you. I could be wrong though, and often am.

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      Thatguypk 6 years ago

      My suggestion, then, friend, is that you choose your atheists more carefully. Or perhaps you would be well advised to not generalize and assume that all atheists are the same.

      This hub is in response to a rather obnoxious similar list, suggested by a supposedly tolerant Christian, who feels that it's fair comment to suggest that all atheists are unintelligent, satan-possessed, liars.

      There's alot to be said for acknowledging that we are all entitled to hold our own beliefs without being demonized for holding them.

      Best wishes, aka-dj.

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      aka-dj 6 years ago from Australia

      Sounds a lot like Christian advice to non-christians.

      All the humility, courteous and politeness stuff. I've been in the forums for over 2.5 years, and i doubt these ten (very good) points will ever be considered by them (Atheists).

      Now-a-days I don't expect these qualities fro any Atheist, and therefore am never disappointed. Makes life much more pleasant, when you don't get upset by them. :)