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Do Christians know how to talk to atheists? That isn't very likely. The biggest problem is probably that Christians, but especially conservative evangelical Christians, have no idea what atheism is or what atheists think. Everything that they think they know about atheism they have acquired from evangelical writers who promote more myth than truth, more prejudice than knowledge.
Mike S. Adams wrote a few years ago:
When I pulled into the parking lot this morning, I saw a car covered with sacrilegious bumper stickers. It seemed obvious to me that the owner was craving attention. I'm sure he was also seeking to elicit anger from people of faith. The anger helps the atheist to justify his atheism. And, all too often, the atheist gets exactly what he is looking for.
Of course, Christians who put provocative signs and stickers on their cars are not seeking negative attention -- they are just sharing their faith because they care about others. If anyone takes those messages negatively, that just demonstrates that they are in denial about God because they want to lead a wicked life and object to anyone reminding them that they are responsible to a Higher Power.
In fact, just the other day, I heard a Christian refer to Michael Newdow as an "attention-craving SOB." It reminded me of the time I heard someone refer to Annie Laurie Gaylor as a "bitch." I don't have the same reaction towards atheists, even when I see them attacking my basic religious freedoms.
The fact that there aren't any organized (or disorganized) efforts by atheists to restrict Christians' religious liberties is irrelevant. The fact that theists, including Christians, bring more church/state cases to the courts than atheists doesn't matter. All that matters is that the Christians who dominate the nation feel the need to perceive themselves as "persecuted" because their holy book tells them they will be. If they aren't being persecuted, then something is wrong.
Adams says that he used to be an atheist, which may be true. Adams also says that C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity had a profound impact on him, helping to lead him to Christianity. That may also be true, but if true it demonstrates that his atheism wasn't much founded on reason, logic, or philosophy. Lewis is one of the worst Christian apologists of the 20th century. He was a popular apologist because he told believers what they wanted to hear, but that's the problem: his arguments are only effective with people who already believe, who are looking for an excuse to believe, or who simply lack basic critical thinking skills.
Yet Mike S. Adams thinks he has some idea of how to talk to atheists and wants to share his "insights" with others.