Dec 172012

I ran into this article the other day on It’s normally a humor site, but this article by David Wong is actually extremely perceptive and intelligent about unraveling the atheist/believer conflict. I highly recommend it as required reading for anyone attempting to debate religion.

One of the greatest religious thinkers and debaters of any age was my patron Thomas Aquinas. His particular strength was his ability to put himself into the minds of his opponents. He could understand, and explain their positions even better than they could themselves.

People are much more willing to listen to someone who they believe truly understands them. On the contrary, feeling misunderstood is one of the greatest obstacles to communication – especially in a contentious situation. David shows a remarkable ability in this article to understand the mindset of both sides of the equation.

The link is here

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  1. Hey, Thomas!

    NICE article.

    I got to thinking – about a third of the religious I know would be shocked I read the article through. And that’s probably part of the problem. 🙂

    Honestly though – the same problems going on today between atheists and theists are found in all disagreements – the inability to see anything except one’s own point of view, an unwillingness to allow people freedom of thoughtm the need to be right – the whole ball of wax.

    The thing I liked about the article was how it managed to keep you reading and thinking, “Uh huh, Uh huh – that’s how THEY act” only to find at the end of the paragraph he was speaking about your own position. He did this for both sides and I thought it was an excellent way to show a point.

    Anyway, thanks for the laugh. I have to go back now and read the Nine Most Badass Bible Verses and the 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names. That should give me a perfect mindset for the rest of the day. 🙂


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