Wednesday, April 25, 2007

what would you do

My next door neighbor, who has the reputation of aggressively converting non born-again people, asked me if I believe in a deity.

Debating online is one thing.

Dealing with it in person....

Well, there is a lot of pressure to that. The social pressure of being polite to someone well into retirement age. The not wanting to tick off the next door neighbor with adjoining land factor. The intimidation of him as a domineering male. The vulnerability of homeschooling my kids, leaving me wide open to social services complaints of a wide variety of unsubstantiated claims that "must be checked out".

8 comments:

Tone said...

I would simply tell him that religion is very personal to you and that you don't discuss it with friends.

BigTex71 said...

I would simply tell him that religion is very personal to you and that you don't discuss it with friends.

That is a very good response. I need to remember that one.

look_an_atheist said...

Tone- that is a fantastic response. Thank you for the idea.

And thanks also for stopping by my blog! Hope to see you again!

Tommy said...

You can always accept the inevitable and accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior!

:-)

look_an_atheist said...

Yeah, I could always go for 3rd times the charm. Do I give my neighbor the satisfactin of thinking he's converted me, OR do I convert to a religion that is different than his and try and convert him in return. Hmmmmmm

You know, after faking it twice so the people who were "praying for me" wouldn't feel bad, I doubt I'm even capable of experiencing a genuine conversion.

Thanks for stopping in Tommy! And thanks for posting!

Lui said...

I'd tell him to fuck off.

Jacob said...

Mm, the face to face religious confrontations are much more tangly than online ones. It's difficult to think straight when you've got a loud mouth cutting you off at every point.

Best advice is to change the topic of conversation. Unless they genuinely want an honest discussion, where you know that the other person won't get all offended or do something silly, it's probably not worth the effort.

look_an_atheist said...

Hi Jacob! Yeah, definitely don't want to get into it with him. Not really. My iniitial reaction when he asked me "do you believe in a deity?" was "are you frelling kidding me?" But I bit my tongue and managed not to say that.

I'm up to 6 days and counting on your bentwooky blog.

Does that make me disturbed? Probably.