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How to Persuade an Atheist to Become Christian

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How to Persuade an Atheist to Become Christian is a WikiHowWikipedia's W.svg page aiming to help Christians with their witnessing technique. It is quite long, but is helpfully broken into steps, covering preparations and discussions and the usual talking points. However, it actually does have some interesting points — it doesn't suggest the usual Ray Comfort-style guilt-trip. Like all wiki articles it has been prone to wandalism, where people have inserted asides to say where it does talk out of its arse. Like all WikiHow articles, there are no standards for quality of writing or accuracy of information.

The problem[edit]

Well, damn right Skippy! The odds are that if someone is explicitly an atheist, they've probably become so through conscious choice, usually by de-conversion from religion. The ubiquity of religion often means it's considered a "default" status and plenty of people just carry on as their parents chose. So chances are, that if you're trying to convert an atheist you'll be trying to bring them back into something they've already chosen to give up and not believe in, meaning that it is very unlikely that you will succeed. Alternatively the atheist in question might have never had religion or ever been exposed to it—so they're likely to have a completely unbiased opinion of all religions equally (as much as one can be). So in that case, good luck converting them to a specific religion! Most of this sort of thing tends to frame atheists as closed minded, but it's actually their open-mindedness about all religions that would be the biggest barrier to converting them to Christianity.

The content[edit]

Don't engage in debate[edit]

Don't try to debate the specifics of the Bible. A discussion between a believer and a non-believer doesn't need to be a debate about science, or creationism, or an intricate dissection of the creation of the world as discussed in Genesis. Discuss faith in terms of your church, writings of Early church and personal experience of it. What does it mean to you, to be a Christian? That's got nothing to do with dinosaur bones and the age of the earth. Avoid these subjects.

Many Christians have very different relationships with the Bible, and you may be quite knowledgeable about Bible study and the history of the document. Conversely, many Christians emphasize a personal relationship with Christ as the fundamental aspect of their being blessed in Christ. An atheist may want to hear definitive evidence, not a discussion of your life in Christ, but a discussion of Christianity isn't a debate between "science", "intelligent design" and "creationism." Treating this like a debate of science will get you nowhere with a nonbeliever. All you can do is represent Jesus Christ as the one you follow.

Let your friend try to convert you. Your friend may be curious about your beliefs, especially if they weren't raised as a Christian. And if this person feels comfortable with you, this will lead to questioning and challenging you. The less defensive you are, the more reasonable you seem. Be comfortable in your faith in God and remain calm. If you're having fun, the other person will, too.

If your friend constantly wants to discuss Biblical fallacies, or "Can God make a mountain God can't move?" types of questions, don't engage in debate. All you need to say is "That's not possible to know, and I'm comfortable with that. It doesn't make me any less of a believer."

As you can clearly see from the above quotes, the advice that the article appears to be giving is that you should intentionally stay away from the facts, and change the topic as soon as the atheist starts using reason and common sense, because you know- just talking about your particular religious dogma overrides all logic, and will magically cause them to stop using their heads and see how right you are about everything. In fact, this article's promotion of willful ignorance is so extreme, that it might in fact just be a parody of Christian apologetics.

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