I am aware of the fact that all reading this loathe the idea of "Saving" ones soul. And some others i have talked to hate the concept of encouraging anyone to change their religion. This got me thinking, how do you feel about "Converting" someone to atheism. Not just making them aware of atheism, rather actively trying to make someone an atheist. How do you guys feel about that? Have you ever tried it? Have you succeed?

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A friend on another board once said that atheism was a CONCLUSION, arrived at by an individual's thought processes.  I don't see that I can superimpose my atheism on anyone, any more than someone can cause me to believe in something I don't.  I can supply hard data, analysis, personal experience, all manner of things, but that's as far as I can go.

All I can do is bring the water to the horse.  The horse chooses whether or not he's gonna drink.

I would define "anti-theism" as the desire to "convert" someone to "atheism". I would consider myself at least slightly anti-theistic - I have had first-hand experience of how religion can mess up someone's life. As long as the other party is at least willing to entertain the idea or have a reasonable discussion about the plausibility of theism, I am more than happy to oblige.

From my experience, I don't think you can change someone else's mind on religion.  At best, you may provide information that may speed it up.  This goes for your kids as well.  I'm still on the fence about whether or not you can teach critical thinking to another individual.  I think you can only provide exercise for what aptitude they may have.

Do I care what other people believe?  HELL YES!!!  It infuriates me when they make decisions that affect me based on some whimsical belief.  Is there much I can do about it? CERTAINLY! Just be open about my atheism so that it will encourage others (who think the way I do) to do the same.  The boogie man is always the unknown.  Make your self known.




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