Re: [asa] Responding to Atheists, Agnostics & Apatheists

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Date: Tue Oct 28 2008 - 18:01:56 EDT

It occurred to me after sending the last post, that I had taken your last point
in the direction you didn't intend --speaking about the "militant" ones rather
than the "passive" ones. Actually the passive ones, if they come from a, say,
"militantly apathetic" variety, would be the toughest ones to witness to in my
opinion. If they don't see the issue as relevant or meriting attention, then
that is hardly fertile soil for any extended or involved conversations. I think
God has to get hold of them first --the Spirit will convict them when the time
is right and then they are ready to give real attention to an issue.

If they are passive in the sense of just not wanting to be argumentative
(smiling and nodding while somebody continues saying things they totally
disagree with), then it may be much easier to have genuine exchange. Such a
person needs to be engaged by drawing out where they are. Overbearing people
will shut others down and then leave the exchange smugly thinking all were in
agreement with them, when actually they never took the time to actually find out
what the others thought. Head nodding could be a sign of somebody who is just
too weak or tired to put up an objection at the moment, and may not at all agree
with the person even though they decline to mount an opposing position.

Having said all this already, I would put to you, what is your experience in all
this, and where do you come from in these "blog combats"?


Quoting Schwarzwald <>:
> * Have you seen any effective targetting of AAAs by any particular person,
> ministry, or even faith?
> Mind you, I'm talking less about emotionally/politically charged AAAs - more
> about passive ones who, for whatever variety of reasons, just hold the views
> they do. I have my own views on these things, but I'm hoping others will
> chime in with their thoughts before I add my own.

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