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Modern world calls for modern ways of thinking and reacting. It is not difficult to find yourself in a situation where an atheists attacks Christianity with a crescendo of punchlines which are gaining more and more traction over the Internet. In our shallow era there is not time to perform proper discussion on important issues. Unfortunately philosophical discussions in many cases are limited to small phrases which have the goal to produce as much spectacular effect as possible to others, while saying nothing of true importance.
There are two ways to deal with an atheist who follows such a way of speaking.
OPTION 1: Do nothing. Stay silent. The wisest (but less fun) option. A person who performs such a shallow attack on something so deep as Christianity is no worth your attention. No matter what you tell him he will not have the willingness to understand. Buddhists have a saying: Only when the student wants, the master appears. This is perfectly applicable in this case. If someone does not want to learn (or even discuss) something let him in peace.
OPTION 2: Answer to the atheists in a similar manner, while trying to convey useful information to your fellow listeners. Less wise, but more fun! Such type of speaking though requires a mastery of the arguments underlying the debate ‘Modern world vs. Christianity’ (did I tell you that Christianity is usually the target of the atheists? Well, I tell you now) and an equal mastery of the ability to condense valid arguments in single-liners.
Let us go through some of them…
Atheist (A): All religions are just fairy tales.
Christian (C): Did you know that Marx and Stalin also thought the same
A: But all religions say the same stupid things.
C: Generalization is the mother of all mistakes.
A: But we are not even sure if Jesus existed.
C: Would you ever give your life for something that did not exist?
A: Of course not.
C: Then how do you believe others would?
A: Prove me that Jesus existed!
C: Prove me that Pythagoras did.
(to be continued…)