How To Talk To Angry Athiests

How to Talk to Rude and Angry Athiests!

How to talk to AtheistsWalmart’s store brand is called “Real Good Value.”  While it may be a good value price wise, no one actually thinks it’s good quality?  This is why they must inform us that it’s a “great value.” And, why does a shallow, womanizing company devoid of respectable men have to call itself a “Gentlemen’s Club?”

See, companies put a spin on things in order to sway people’s opinions of them.  People do this too.  For example, famous atheist Richard Dawkins.  He has attempted to sway people’s opinions of both atheists and religion.  Thus, he has labeled himself and all other atheists as “brights,” while calling people of religion stupid, believing that they are gullible and easily led astray.  Of course, this is the same Richard Dawkins who has said that “religion is worse than child abuse.” Sooo, apparently abusing children is better than raising them in religion?

This pompous and self-promoted elitist attitude consumes every area of Richard Dawkins’ life. His sole goal is to destroy religion and faith.  Worse still is that when he speaks at atheist rallies. He actually instructs his cult followers to ridicule Christians for their beliefs out loud and in public. After telling his followers to question Christians about their religious beliefs, he instructs them to say the following; “You really believe that?” How stupid!

It’s interesting that Mr. Dawkins who holds himself as one of the elite intellectuals of our day stoops to such fifth grade tactics – “Na na na na boo boo, you’re so dumb.” What’s worse is that people actually do it without question. Talk about gullible and easily led astray.

Now for someone who considers himself a “Bright” (a very intellectual person), I can’t help wonder; is this an intellectual conversation that he’s having by mocking others? Is it the mark of an intellectual to instruct his followers to engage in this level of discussion? Isn’t this what we do in middle school when we disagree with someone? Isn’t this an unevolved attitude from someone who claims to be more evolved than the rest?

While Mr. Dawkins trains his followers to insult people and to laugh in their face, Jesus Christ instructs His followers to love everyone, even their enemies. So, I speak to all Christians here when I say, DO NOT stoop to the level of Dawkin’s followers. Even if someone comes nose to nose with you and laughs out loud in your face, you humble yourself and say a quick prayer for them to yourself. You may even say to them kindly, “May God bless you my friend.” Then, walk away.

If you feel humiliated, then think of Christ on the cross. He was humiliated too… before the greatest victory of all time. LOVE atheists with a fierce love, especially the meanest and most argumentative ones. Trust me when I say that they need the most love of anyone. The angrier someone is, the more they are crying out to love to us – and without even knowing it.

How to talk to angry atheistsDon’t stoop to a low level of dialogue. Take the higher, more evolved road. Don’t get sucked into middle school banter. Even if they insult you, SMILE. Love them even more. Feel bad for them they have to act that way! Just because they say you’re stupid for believing what you do, doesn’t mean you actually are. Their opinions are only their opinions, and in this case, their opinions happen to be wrong. So, NEVER call names. Never be sarcastic. Never get angry. Never insult them or their arguments. Never go down to their level. Take the more mature approach, and let them remain unevolved intellectually and emotionally if they choose to.

There are many good logical, well-thought-out reasons for believing in God. Neither Dawkins, nor any of his cohorts have taken the time to find out what they are. Nor, do they have any clue whatsoever what Christians believe or why.  They only offer caricatures of what Christians believe. That is why even fellow atheists have called out Dawkins and his “knee-jerk, reactionary tactics.”  Obviously, not all atheists, or even most, are like this, but many are. These are known as the “New Atheists,” branded by their desire to destroy religion.

So, study your own faith. Make sure you understand what you believe and why. Be prepared to give a defense of it. Then, feel free to engage in dialogue with atheists if you choose. But, do so the Christian way – with great love and charity, humility and meekness. Don’t embarrass or give a bad name to Jesus Christ or the rest of us Christians by the way you talk and act. Don’t give them any opportunity to say, “See you’re not a Christian. You say you follow Jesus but don’t act like it.”

If you don’t know the answer to something, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know, I’ll go look it up.” And, remember, people often become atheist for emotional reasons (they were hurt, abused, don’t want to follow rules, etc). One must feel bad for most atheists rather than being angry at them. Remember too that any atheist can convert any time, and many of the most obstinate and stubborn atheists have. One of many examples is the most notorious Atheist in the world, Antony Flew, who after decades of arguing fiercely against God’s existence, came to believe – not for emotional reasons – but based off the evidence. If he can change, anyone can. Look up the many atheists who have become Christian and see how happy and complete their lives are!

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About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a thirty-eight year old speaker and retreat leader. He has spoken to adults and teens for the last fifteen years on a wide variety of topics; ranging from catechetics and faith formation, to morality, spirituality, and apologetics. He has spoken at youth and adult retreats, workshops, seminars, Catholic schools, parish missions, local, regional and national conferences. He has spoken in front of crowds ranging from thirty to three-thousand and has been aired on both TV and radio in different states. Bryan also runs the R.O.C.K. (Revival Of Catholic Kids) Ministry Team that puts on all-day retreats for teens. He is going for his Masters in theology and working on writing numerous books and tracts.
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11 Responses to How To Talk To Angry Athiests

  1. Why do you believe in God? Don’t you realize religion has caused the most wars?

  2. Michael says:

    Why are they called “New atheists” and not “Anti-religious atheists”?

  3. @Tony Two-Fingers: I believe in God because he changed my life. I used to dress in black, hate my life, and be depressed everyday. God healed my heart, took away my confusion and pain, gave me joy, peace, love, and fulfillment. If you want more actual evidence, you can see the first of my blog posts on this subject: http://www.catholicbryan.org/blog/does-god-really-exist/

    In regard to war and violence, the video you posted was funny and entertaining, but the information wasn’t that great and not explained out. He didn’t mention that over 90% of the religious violence in the last 100 or so years, for example, was done by Muslims against other Muslims and again non-Muslims. The Crusades were wars of self-defense against the invading Muslim armies. So, while this all shows that Islam is a violent religion, it doesn’t remotely make that case that all religion is. In fact, religion, especially the Catholic Church has done more good in the world than anyone else.

    This is why I wrote a whole blog on this subject. To inform people who just don’t know… http://www.catholicbryan.org/blog/does-religion-cause-war/

    You also might be interested in a blog I wrote against Richard Dawkins and the similar points he tried to make. http://www.catholicbryan.org/blog/richard-dawkins-is-wrong/

  4. @Michael: Same thing. But, it’s called new because of their hostility toward religion and their desire to see it destroyed. Same old arguments, new militant way of going about it.

  5. Michael Hwang says:

    http://socrates58.blogspot.com/2007/09/angry-irrational-atheists-and-other-ex.html

    This was an interesting page-there is an interesting exchange between Hitchens and a Catholic priest where we see the true colors of angry atheism….

  6. Halona says:

    Bryan-
    In response to your comment about Muslims and religious warfare:

    The Crusades were an aggressive attempt to reclaim Jerusalem that deteriorated into the senseless deaths of millions of people. Regardless of what your personal beliefs are, there is no denying that the Catholic Church supported this violent endeavor, and thus had a part in those deaths.
    Denouncing Muslims for their violence is not going to get you anywhere. You’re deluding yourself. Islam is not a violent religion. Neither is Catholicism. Unfortunately for both faiths, they have their fair share of fanatics and power-hungry believers. When wars are fought over religion, they are very rarely fought by reasonable believers. More often, they’re politically motivated. This was the case with the Crusades. This was the case with the Thirty Years’ War. It was also the case with the French Wars of Religion.
    I don’t expect to change your opinion, nor do I want to. I just want to let you know that refusing to accept the plain facts in favor of your own beliefs is a very poor attempt to understand history.

    P.S. Yes, I have read your post regarding religion and the part it plays in war.

  7. Thank you for reading my post Halona. But, I ask you, how could Islam conquering the entire fertile Cresent in 20 years and everything from Afghanistan to North Africa in 100 years not be considered violent. While I believe most Muslims today are peaceful, the History of Islam was not. The Crusades were wars of self-defense against the Muslims. The first motive was to help Alexius Commedor the 1st who called to the pope for help after Islam had sacked 2/3 of the Byzantine Empire. Also more than half of all Christian lands had been stolen by Islam and many peaceful Christians killed. Secondly, since so many pilgrims were killed on the way to the Holy Land, the second motive was to reclaim the holy Land and make a safe passage for pilgrims to make pilgrimage. those were the main reasons. You may not believe me, but we actually still have the Pope’s letter he wrote as to why the Crusades were started. You might want to check on my posts on the Crusades if you haven’t already. Now, as you will see in the posts, not everything done was good, and there were some abuses. However, the Crusades were started as wars of self-defense. This is the historical fact. http://www.catholicbryan.org/blog/the-truth-about-the-crusades/ God bless…

  8. Mechaghostman2 says:

    hmmmmm…. I’m an Atheist and don’t normally act like this, nor do I encourage the kind of behavior that he advocates. Getting religion out of politics and government is a better cause than trying to destroy it on the individual level, for religion at this point isn’t damaging (as long as you don’t use it as an excuse to deny science) and gives people hope and such in their life.

    I do act that way when religious people get confrontational about their beliefs sure, but normally I just try to avoid the discussion all together. If it comes up in a non-confrontational manner, a simple roll of the eyes suffices.

    Most Atheists aren’t Atheist because of abuse or not wanting to follow rules. No, most Atheists are Atheists because they tend to question and find that there is a lack of evidence to support the idea of a god.

  9. Clay Masterson says:

    Bryan you can call the Crusades a “War of Self Defense” all you want, but it was not a war of self defense. It was a preemptive war to halt Islam from spreading further. Western Europe was not attacked directly though Islam was making progress on Byzantium. How in the world is an invasion of a foreign land a war of self defense when your country was never attacked? You are starting to sound like Dick Cheney and company, The Crusades were no more a war of self defense than was the war on Iraq. They were both preemptive strikes. Now we can argue the merits of whether these preemptive strikes were justified or not, but we need to be discussing them and defining them honestly for what they really were.

  10. Catholics don’t deny science but encourage science. You can check out my youtube video on that is you want to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_8Ty8RiM7U&index=1&list=PLdRUuCMwIWFV0VjM_m5YGDpHQ4gfl8oF3
    I disagree with your last statement, though it is true for some. Most Atheism I’ve encountered is emotional, but of course, there are many who do not fit this category.

  11. Clay: A preemptive strike? The pope was asked to come to the defense of the Byzantine empire, no? Islam had already crushed 2 out of the 3 major world empires. So, my point, was that these wars were not intolerant attacks against another religion for reasons of power, etc. as many ignorant claims suggest. Rather, they were to aid Alexius the 1st and protect Christians who were being slaughtered. That’s defensive, not offensive. That was my point.

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