Tips on Explaining and Defending Atheism in a Conversation
This photo is awesome. Nature is awesome. Stick with that.
Enjoy yourself. Anger is a bad sales technique
An atheist just like a theist does not need to defend their beliefs. But when they chose to they should do it well.
What fool in his right mind would want to abandon faith so he can be miserable. Not me. It is just a suggestion to lighten up. We would not join a church that is all bummed out and pissed off so why would we want to join an atheist that is likewise?
I would suggest a more upbeat approach to life. Misery may love company, but no one wants to be in the company of misery. Many atheists just come on with a "you are an absolute idiot" mindset to faithers. I just don't think most people think that is attractive. In fact it is yuckee.
In truth the beauty and majesty of science and biology and natural facts are wonderful and delightful. Go with that approach, mas bueno. Go with the beauty of the natural order of the scientific world. Present the stability and security that goes with being certain.
Ego and a competitive attitude are losers
I would just suggest that most atheists are brighter than most Christians. But I would also say that most Christians that think enough and care enough to write publicly are brighter than most atheists that do. Great Atheist writers often condescend, great Christian writers think they ascend, neither is good.
Humility is supposedly a Christian trait -- hmph hmph, I say bullshit. However, humility on the part of an atheist is awesome and greatly credible. If we look to nature and to the skies above and realize what a small part we are, we should stand in awe of that greatness. If we look to the damage that man causes and also to the relative insignifacance of how we effect our planet it is humbling to any person.
Teach the others the wonderment of life, rather than looking for the error in their ways.
That is ancient for the Southwest. It means nothing biblical but it is cool in showing Piute art and culture.
Denigration and lack of respect for another's faith, is the same as saying you are better than them. If that is your attitude, know this; I know better than you
Legalistic approaches and putting values on acceptance of science is like pissing into a fan. It is just an ugly sight to see someone else say to someone "walk this way", or you walk wrong. I love you man and get your point but do not respect how you try to impose it on me. I know that is the atheists bullshit lament but it is about two decades old of being out of date. Do not come off like a HUGE NASTY MEAN Christian forced something on you --- so old school and now so irrelevant. This notion that justifies all attacks on faithful is worn out and pre-internet, pre- 2001 and a total coppout justification to be angry. End it or look the fool.