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No I don't get frustrated because I don't get into debate mode with them. The conversations with my "god" friends/ co-workers/ acquaintances are mostly based on me listening and trying to assess just how deeply into their particular delusion. I don't want to have unnecessary conflict with anyone really.. so I find it helpful to know what buttons exist for them to be pushed and then do my best to avoid pushing them. That said.. I don't spend any significant amount of time "hanging out" with "god"folk.

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My Mom gets mad at me. She keeps telling me that as one gets older, one's religion gets stronger. I just get more militant. I was with a Catholic woman for 4+ years, and it didn't work out in ways I've described elsewhere. With all of eternity and all of the universe supposedly at their fingertips, the world I entered by being with her was so so so so small, and I was always treated like an intruding stranger. She asked me near the end if I thought there was a historical Jesus. I said I didn't know, but it didn't matter to me. Because we have Roman law codes from the time, there was no tomb to be full or empty. She got mad. I showed her a Bart Ehrman lecture where he discussed the different goals of the different gospels. She got mad.

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Not really. Yeah, it can get tiresome, but the look on their faces after it's done is always worth it.

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All debate stops once they state you must have faith because you cannot debate facts and evidence with someone who believes in faith alone for acceptance.

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Yes, but kicking a dead mule ain't fun.

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I don't tend to start debates, but if a Christian finds out I'm am atheist and confronts me, I'm not gonna back down from one. Right of the rip ill quote exodus 21 that condones slavery, paul's letters that make women second class citizens, the psalm that says you should be happy while smashing the heads of your enemy's infants, and the command to kill witches. Most Christians have never been confronted with this stuff and they just kinda stare at you. Some who have a bit of debate experience will do the religious tapdance, tell you that you are taking it out of context, and have some elaborate story to explain it away.

Yeah, like there's a way to take 2 pages of slavery instructions out of context

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I used to debate Christians all the time and have learned that you cannot change their mind. It is do ingrained in their mind and they act delusional and could be insane

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No I don’t debate things with people anymore. Certainly not religion, I don’t fell the need for anyone to believe like I do.

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No. Not frustrating at all. All credit goes to Peter Boghossian. His books have given me the debating skills necessary to prevail.

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I love to debate religion, but yes I do get frustrated when sound arguments get glazed over and when theists refuse to recognize their reason for their belief is irrational.

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I don't debate with christians. One cannot reason on a subject of irrationa belief.

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The one I hate most of all is negotiating which place to order lunch from. Exhausting.

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I don't bother. Religious people are like alcoholics, nothing changes them until THEY see there is a problem.

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I don't debate, you can't change generation after generation of brainwashing.

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Yes I don’t even try anymore. It’s like talking to a brick wall. Except a brick wall is smarter.

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I avoid it like the plague

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Why bother, you may as well bang your head against a brick wall. Once a mind believes,it’s closed.

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"I don't belive in an invisible being that resides somewhere beyond the clouds," I say to Jehovah's Witnesses. This shuts them up. While they puzzle, I laugh and shut the door.

crappyburglar, I wasn't laughing at them. I was laughing at my smart-aleck remark.

I also say, "We are all atheist here." They give up. Jehovah's Witnesses don't stop by anymore. They must have gotten the word out.

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My ground rules for discussing "issues" with Christians is that they cannot argue their points based on faith, and I use the verse that faith is the belief in "things unseen." When they begin to insist that history supports the Bible, I laugh and the conversation stops. I do not get frustrated because I do not expect them to understand my points. I am not trying to persuade them of anything--it's useless.

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I would like that if I could find one that could do it intelegently, when they say it’s a matter of faith they are saying I don’t care about facts, effectively they aren’t listening after that. Also I am probably just as bad from their perspective since I’m not going to except faith or personal experience that occurs only inside them as evidence of anything but delusion.

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Have in the past, but mostly ignore them now.

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I generally don't bother with christians. They suck at debating.
I only do it on the rare occasion when I'm really bored and looking for a little sport.

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Never debate anyone with no rationality

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No, I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. It's a whole lot like trying to teach a pig to sing, it annoys the pig and wastes your time.

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Sometimes I seem to seek frustration by debating christians.

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