You didn't upset him, he just identified you as an SP and a PTS. lol
SP = suppressive person
PTS = potential trouble source
The bold evangelisers who go door-knocking and preying on people in parks are well prepared for their mission---but maybe not well prepared for the relatively few occasions when they are really seriously challenged by ardent atheists.
Although I was unprepared, I had had a set-to with JW types at the door of my house only a few days previously and that had fired me up. It is hopeless to think that one can win them over. Whatever else you say, you need to emphasise early on that you are proud to be atheist because you know by the operations of true common sense and science that you are right and they are wrong.
Atheists hold the intellectual high ground.
God believers lie stuck in their glue swamp of fibs and fictions, even if they do not know it.
So it is not arrogant when you say that you go along with the undisputed truths of science. It is they who are arrogant in making out that ancient fables hold any truths at all. Voilà. Be proud in your atheism.
I find intellectual argument with these people a complete waste of time. It's better to win them over with charm and good looks.
Do you think she was one of those funny ladies who likes to go with couples ?
Proselytising presumably gives her the mental buzz that makes her more at ease with her imaginary god at prayer time----and I was seen as an unwanted threat.
It would be good to hear from A/N members of similar stories like those of Pat and Mark above.
We know we cannot win by intellectual argument in the space of two minutes, but every little bit might help.
I had a similar one way argument with two house-visiting JW types only a week earlier, and they literally ran away too.
Gee, they ran away, eh? Y'all suppose they were afraid of the TRUTH?!?
We know we cannot win by intellectual argument in the space of two minutes...
With fundamentalist we haven't won by intellectual argument in two millennium.
Let's never stop trying Jim.
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws! Lewis Carroll
I know where your coming from Jim. They may not convert right on the spot and most certainly will not concede the arguement. Anger and fear are most often the responses.
But a few here and there will walk away and continue to ponder the discussion....and sometimes conversion is achieved. IE Brother Richard i believe.