We got a question asked a little back from a young atheist who has many religious friends. She wanted to know whom she could get them to convert to atheism. This article is for any atheist who thinks that they can convert others.
Atheism is not classed as a religion and atheists do not, unlike some religious groups, attempt to convert any person. Most atheists are quite content to challenge other people’s beliefs by the way of good-natured conversation. As per the teachings of Socrates, the best way to talk and to make inquiries is to ask good questions.
Where those who are members of an organized religious group may think about converting to another, the atheist simply wants to explore new things and to talk about them. Critical thinking and heling others to see the evidence for themselves, without forcing it down their throats is the way we want to work.
You see, if you ask the right kind of questions you tend to plant seeds in people’s minds. Seeds that grow and make them want to explore. Those seeds may not come to anything but, on the other hand, they may grow into something that is truly different. If a person decides to convert to atheism, it won’t be because you have made them, it will be because they have seen things in a different light, through your questions and discussions.
Right Questions, Right Attitude
Asking the right questions is all well and good but if you don’t have the right, open and friendly attitude, you will just put people on the defensive. You also have to understand both sides, not just the way you see things. Aggressive behavior gets you nowhere whereas thoughtful, insightful questions do.
The Use of Marijuana
Many atheists are ex marijuana users, some still do use it. Now that marijuana has been legalized for medical use and can be obtained from places like this Portland Dispensary, we are beginning to see more and more use and, believe it or not, a lot more deep and meaningful discussions with non-atheists.
Marijuana relaxes the mind, takes the aggression away and provides insights that you perhaps might not have thought about before. So, while it is still a drug, overall atheists do tend to advocate the use of it.