— Carl Sagan (via whats-out-there)
— Robert Green Ingersoll (via divineirony)
An interesting question.
Via Marion Moore
And told to you that it’s true by people hundreds of generations away from the original writers.
Via Kay H.
To be honest, I’m not really big on “converting” people away from their chosen religion or the Bible. However, I suppose that if the Bible has opened her eyes, it might be the best tool to getting her away from it as well. There are many horrifying and contradictory things within the Bible that should cause anyone to question it (it doesn’t, but it should). The Bible also contradicts reality in many, many ways and perhaps pointing out these contradictions might open her eyes.
Along the same lines, another approach would be to say something like we know that the Bible was written by the hand of man. People argue that it was dictated God, but there are enough problems with it to show that man must have gotten some things wrong. The one thing that almost any believer will attest to is the idea that the universe would certainly have been created by the hand of God. Therefore, if we wish to learn God’s intentions for us, we should look toward the universe as the primary source.
You might also point out that many of the stances supported by churches (abortion, birth control, gay marriage, etc.) are in fact nowhere supported in the Bible. (Even if the Bible calls homosexuality an abomination, it does not say that therefore homosexuals should not get married.) These are man made laws and as such may not reflect “God’s actual stance” (as if an actual stance could exist with a non-actual creator).
That said, I’ve never actively tried to change anyone’s stance on religion unless I’ve been asked to debate something. I’ve never wanted to be accused of evangelizing for atheism.
I’m not sure how accurate this is, and the terms are more than a little vague, but here it is.