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Should I attempt to discuss atheism with younger siblings?
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Posted 7/9/14
Teach critical thinking instead. If you go right into "this is all bullshit, you know..." you'll just be doing atheism evangelism, which will probably not get you the result you want.
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Posted 7/24/14 , edited 7/24/14
Wonder if I'm intruding as a Christian?

Obviously, I'm not going to recommend that you try converting your sister to atheism. Something I would recommend is asking the question: what is God like to you? Encourage her to not get caught up in all the Old Testament laws (many of which are culturally irrelevant now) and instead question the fundamental aspects of the religion--the identity of God and whether God really is powerful.

I feel that Christianity as a religion, when stripped of the aspect of a "loving relationship with God", becomes little more than a set of rules and restrictions. It makes you feel like you're suffocating. The God I know and worship wants me to live freely and enjoy my freedom, not languish under the fear of breaking the rules.

The thing about faith is, it grows when it gets challenged by doubts. On the other hand, if someone just ignores his doubts, that's denial. He won't mature because he's spending all his energy to perpetuate a delusion that everything makes sense. No, it's when we experience cognitive dissonance, when we acknowledge that different thoughts and feelings are in conflict, that we learn and grow and mature. And I'm sure that's the same for every human being, regardless of whether you believe in the existence of God or not.
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