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Flirting with Faith

In his comment on yesterday’s “I Was Never a Real Atheist” post, Nick commented:


“While I agree that the ‘Geek Squad guy’ was mistaken in his assumption that you were never an atheist, it’s also the case that many former Christians, now atheists, are repeatedly assured that they were ‘never true Christians’… or worse, that there is no such thing as an atheist. Both views are wrong – if someone says they never believed and now do, or vice versa, that should be taken on face value.
Some people simply refuse to believe that conversion, in either direction, is possible, and that perhaps the person was not really as committed to faith/atheism as they claim. On the other hand, some will use their conversion (again, either direction) as a banner under which the can say they have ‘found the truth’.”


What is it about conversion – in either direction – that sometimes makes people on both sides of the faith/no faith conversation uncomfortable?  

Some people simply refuse to believe that conversion, in either direction, is possible, and that perhaps the person was not really as committed t

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