Has anyone read "A Manual for Creating Atheists" by Peter Boghossian? .. I'm about halfway through it now and I am excited to try out some of the techniques he lays out in the book. If I'm not mistaken, this is the book Anthony Magnabosco used to get started on his "SE" journey. I would like to hear your thoughts and tips on how you are engaging with believers, so please share.
Magnabosco took the techniques in this book pro for sure. He's even better in person, so if you get a chance to see him, it's a real treat. He has a workshop at the conventions, and I've been to them everytime he has one. He basically teaches you his different techniques in conversation. In Cincinnati I got to finally ask him a question during his speech, and I stumped him for alittle bit. That was awesome!! You should come to the Phoenix convention in April. If you do and you see me, come up and say Hi. I'm not hard to miss, and I love talking and meeting new people at conventions. Have a good day, and enjoy your book.
I've listened to the audio book version several times. I use the techniques from the book any time I have a religious conversation with believers. I don't know that I've created any atheists, but I've definitely had people analyze their beliefs in a way they never had before.
I've read, & have, the book. Between the precepts there, & the "Street Epistemology" series on YT, I keep working on this approach. It is a definite work in progress. I tend to be more direct & hard charging, so this is work for me, but seems worth it. If you can just plant a seed without triggering all the self-defense mechanisms you have definitely accomplished something, even if you didn't "win" the debate!