I have just finished...
I have just finished a 3 hour long MSN conversation with a Christian about her beliefs.
What a marathon. My brain has turned to mush. I was more well prepared than I thought for my first attempt at getting someone to seriously question their beliefs. Still, it was much, much harder than I thought.
It's amazing. You think you can be on to something good, and then they will say something that just completely undermines everything you've said in one sweeping fallacy. It took alot out of me. Still, I think I made an impression. She hadn't heard the part in the bible where the two bears (on god's command) kill 42 children, so now she said she will go and do research regarding the bible. I think this is a good sign.
We also touched on the topic of evolution. It is difficult to debate it with a Christian, and indeed, with a non-Christian. People seem to whiz by the fact that evolution is a science. An extremely DIFFICULT science at that. I mean, people hear the words "quantam mechanics" and "magnetic flux density" and go "Flux that I don't understand all that physics crap!". On the other hand people are quite ready to say "evolution? Nah I didn't come from no monkey (or retarded fish frog as Mrs Garrison would suggest).
How many of you atheists out there have had luck discussing someone into conversion? And if so, how did you go about it?
P.S. If anyone wants to read it (although I doubt anyone will...) I saved the transcript of the conversation, so any pointers would be helpful
Theism is for n00bs.