Anyone who doesn’t accept [Christianity] is just stupid. They don’t want to trust what anyone else knows.
Living in Raleigh is interesting at times. There are three or four churches in easy walking distance of my house. There are quite a few additional churches in very easy biking distance.
That’s typical of the Raleigh area. There are exceptions, but just about everyone is in easy distance of a church and usually several.
We’re saturated. If people weren’t attending and contributing to those churches, they would go out of business fairly quickly.
Evolution is based on circular reasoning. There’s no proof. Only idiots would believe in it.
This isn’t problematic by itself; it just serves to illustrate the severity of a problem. Here, people with common theological beliefs often assume everyone agrees with them and no intelligent person could see things differently.
In that environment, even an orthodox person who wants to examine claims critically will probably keep quiet. Only trolls and people who feel the need to win arguments will question the status quo.
They aren’t brave enough to consider that there might be something after they die.
The most unfortunate consequence is that Raleigh is a very lonely place for anyone who is less than orthodox. Also, the faithful never have their faith stretched. In my experience, the faithful would rather not be tested. It’s good for them, though.
I’m sick of being alienated. You can maintain your very strictly orthodox views without alienating people. Just be gracious and stop assuming.
If you want to chase people away, be a jerk.
The same problems and dynamics are equally true when an area’s culture is dominated by another belief. Where atheism is orthodox, agnostics and deists will be alienated if atheists assume intelligent people always agree with them.
In summary, don’t be a jerk because being a jerk is jerkish. Also, if you need an incentive, your incentive is not driving people away from your cause.
Note: The quotes in this article are as close to verbatim as I can get them without a time machine and secret recording equipment.(Read more!)