If I had to point to one thing that I find incredibly frustrating in dealing with Christians about their beliefs is how seriously convicted they are about their beliefs, and how few will ever ask questions to actually understand what point you’re trying to make. As far as they’re concerned you’re wrong, and they have already found Truth™.
There Is A Difference Between Confidence And Knowledge
I cannot stress this enough. Just because you are extremely confident about your beliefs does not mean that your beliefs are something that is considered knowledge. All of the confidence in the world that you’re going to go to heaven after you die, or that the world is only 6,000 years old, does not justify those beliefs. You can have all the confidence in the world and still be wrong! As Hume pointed out over 200 years ago, “a wise man proportions his belief to the evidence”, and there is very little that we should have complete confidence in!
What I’d Like To See Change
If I could change anything it would be to have people be more willing to ask questions when they are engaged in dialogue. It’s like people don’t understand that asking honest questions of your interlocutor can help shed light on what they’re saying. Being frustrated because the person you’re talking to doesn’t seem to care at all about what you’re saying makes having a conversation painful, and almost impossible to determine what you believe, and why.
Why do I care? Because I genuinely want to know if any gods exist, and if any person actually has a reliable means of knowing that any gods exist. While I would accept that a god does exist, I doubt I would join any religious sect, but I really do want to know if what you believe is actually true. Even more than that, I want this to be a two way street. I want you to be willing to consider my point of view, and consider the possibility that you’re wrong in what you believe. Be intellectually honest, and be skeptical about what you believe.