why do you waste your valuable time talking to these people? You are obviously an intelligent person…can’t you see that you are wasting your life…no argument can overcome them: their belief is not founded on logic..therefore logic is wasted on them, when no evidence is required any argument can be countered by any rubbish. I am Irish from a strict Catholic background.I managed to escape the delusion and slavery.. as did most of my country in the last decade.all my peers are non believers..when I look at America I despair at the lack of rigorous thought and wonder at the political cynicism that promotes it. Get a life..and I mean that as good advice to a fellow traveler on the road to truth. Let them wallow in their own ignorance..it will give our children an evolutionary advantage.
I don’t think I am wasting my time. True, there are some people who are a lost cause so far as atheism is concerned, but there are many more who have open minds. If I am discussing religion with someone who has already made up their mind, I am, at the same time, demonstrating my thoughts and philosophy to those who are listening but are not so unwilling to listen.
I receive large numbers of letters from people — both theist and atheist — who are pleased to see that it is possible to be an atheist without ranting or being hateful. Even if I can just show theists that atheists are not to be feared, I have won a victory.
I have also had many conversations with theists who, although they didn’t become atheists, now subject their own beliefs to significantly more scrutiny. This is, to me, another victory. I have nothing to fear from a reasonable theist, and some of them may become atheists some day.
Which brings me to the third reason that I don’t think I’m wasting my time. I have seen theists become atheists. I have seen angry, in-your-face theists stop and reassess their position when faced with someone willing to have a real discussion. I’ve seen a man in tears because he realized what fundamentalist religion had made him.
But most importantly I don’t think I waste my time by talking to “these people” because I don’t think there is a “these people.” There’s just us. And the more of us that can be inspired to think, the better off we all are.