I'll be frank about the fact that I have several people in my tribe who are devoted Christians. They love me exactly for who I am, and I love them the same. They are among the finest, most open-minded human beings I know. Other members of my small tribe are dedicated Atheists. We all co-exist well with each other. Better, we respect and love each other. No one tries to convert/convince anyone else. These are all bright, well-read people. The only conflict I've had has been with Atheist friends who aren't content to just live their truth. THEIR TRUTH must be everyone else's truth, too. And they use a sledgehammer to bang their scientific points home. Obviously, I don't disagree with the science or logic. But bullying/acting superior to believers is counterproductive to getting them to listen. Right? Am I the lonely little petunia who's run into this type of Atheist? And how do you, or should you, reason with these types? Thanks in advance. ❤ EDIT FOR CLARITY When I spoke of "the only conflict I had" being my few Atheist friends insistent on converting Christians, I should have made clear that this is only within my fairly small, diverse group of friends (many Southern, with about 15 of us as atheists). Outside of that group? I have fought the intolerance, hypocrisy, judgment, bigotry, racism and hatred perpetrated by the religious right, fundamentalists, evangelicals and their crazy-carny clown radio sleazeballs. I was raised Atheist, with a few years of sane Methodist, but once I actually read the Bible? WHAT?? Then read critical interpretations by renowned scholars and scientists? How did people just "believe" this? So, yes, this is where I came to. What I came to believe. But I have some friends who aren't there. And I'm not the kind of friend who tells her friends what to think. I support them and I love them. They know I'm not going to church with them and that's fine. I hope this made my thoughts a little more clear. CLEARLY, "Christians" are attacky and holier-than-thou. I thought that went without saying. I'm here, after all. ❤ Friend, not foe.