I recently received an email from an Atheist reader who needs some advice. Originally he addressed his problem to me, but I quickly asked if I could share it with the collective :) He quickly agreed so without further ado, let’s help out David :)
Hello friend! I’ve recently stumbled upon your website and wow, I have never met someone who agrees with the majority of my opinions on religion. So, congratulations on some very interesting reading. To set the record, I am an atheist of about 8 years. I grew up with a Catholic upbringing, but my parents (very logical people) started to move away from religion. We still have a great family, good morals, and an enjoyable life.
On another topic, I would like to pose a few questions to you. First, let me explain the situation. I am a mid-twenties college student pursuing a nursing degree at a 4-year college. I live on campus in an apartment style setup.
This year, I moved into my apartment with three new roommates whom each were randomly assigned to this living space. I found out very quickly that two of these roommates are very religious, conservative, Christians. I learned to stay out of religious and political debates very quickly with these two. One of my roommates participates in a Christian rock band. He obviously enjoys his music and loves to play it at significantly loud volumes. I have come to the conclusion that he does believe that he is bringing the word of God by playing his music. He knows that I am an Atheist and has done a lot to try to involve me with his religion.
What is your opinion on evangelism and conversion?
Have you had problems or ever noticed that some extremely religious people tend to have a sense of superiority? Some of this ego and evangelical behavior has detoured me from wanting to explore or learn about religion. Have you dealt much with these types of situations?
If you have read this far, thank you very much. I am sorry for being so long-winded. I am just curious about your perspective on these matters.