I get confronted by a ton of theists every day. Some of them are kind and genuinely curious, asking questions about atheism and how I discovered it. Others are outright rude, dismissive and really try to press on my last nerves. Admittedly, I don’t always respond the way I ought to. I try very hard to be patient, and to rise above even when they insist on dwelling in the gutter, but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, I get flustered. Sometimes I can’t find the right words. Sometimes I say things I regret.
Talking about religion at all is a fairly new thing for me. It wasn’t until about 2013 that religion really became something I read about consistently, and 2014 until it was something I talked about and wrote about consistently. I’ve never had a religion and never known very many people who took their religion too seriously. It never really came up all that often. But now that I’m Godless Mom, it comes up, expectedly, multiple times daily. I find myself navigating new territory often because I simply have no solid background in discussing religion at all.
So, yesterday when I downloaded the new Atheos app from Peter Boghossian and the Richard Dawkins Foundation, and fooled around with it for way too long, I felt like it was a godsend… no holy. It’s not just taking me through common conversations that I get frustrated with frequently, but it’s also proving, with each step further into the app, that you can deal with these conversations and questions diplomatically.
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