• What Convinced Christians Of Their Beliefs?

    Many Christians love to tell their stories of how they got saved. I think it is also valuable for atheists to tell our stories of how we became damned to eternal torture… I mean how we de-converted from religion to atheism. The thing is that I think atheists and Christians have very different processes for how we came to our present position on the existence of deities. I don’t really want to know how someone got saved, but I would like to know what convinced them of their beliefs. That is not necessarily the same thing.

    Being saved is often described as a very emotional and dramatic change. But I want to know about the less emotional cognitive change. Clearly there is a relationship here in the sense that Christians become “born again” emotionally and then their cognitive mind moves to match up with their emotional change. But I want to get Christians to start focusing more on the cognitive conversion rather than the emotional one.

    If they could take the emotion out of it and think about what the evidence was that actually convinced them, I think that would go a long way in the de-converting process. It’s hard to argue with “I feel God.” It is much better to ask, what does God feel like? And could what you are feeling be something other than God? How do you know it is God? What knowledge of the “feeling of God” did you have prior to actually feeling it?

    If nothing else, studies have shown that thinking about analytical thinking makes people less likely to believe in religion. So just getting Christians to think analytically about their “witness” experience will help them de-convert.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.

    4 comments

    1. The most common theme in stories of de-conversion appears to be people questioning the truth or logic of their religious beliefs. I don’t see that so much in conversion stories, which tend to be more emotional in nature.

    2. I am a Christian, right down to my soul. I noticed you speak a great deal on religion. Do I need proof of God? No. Do I need proof Jesus is the son of God? No. Why? Because I don’t believe in religion, I believe in faith. The Bible is a book of faith. Many Christians take offense to your beliefs, I don’t. You may beleive as you wish. The beauty of faith is I don’t have to prove anything to you or anyone else, my faith is my own and is between me and God. You make valid points in your blogs, but to try and convert others to you beliefs are as annoying as a born again cramming the Bible down my throat. Good luck in your future.

      1. Let me ask you what I asked in the blog post. What convinced you that what you were feeling was indeed God?

        Out of curiosity, do you believe I will be tortured for all eternity in my future?

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