Was reading this article about former Christians and where they end up in terms of atheist, pagan, etc, and at first, the book it's talking about sounded interesting. Then I got to this part:
I could bring something to this issue by introducing people to some of the faces and the stories behind the statistics,” said Dyck to The Christian Post. “And just providing profiles of these, what I call ‘leavers,’ these 20-somethings and early-30s that have walked away from the faith. And then provide some kind of tips on how to engage them in meaningful conversations about God that will ultimately lead them back.”
I skipped down to the part about how to "convince neo-pagans to convert back" and it got even better:
For neo-pagan leavers, the author spotlights Wicca, which is the fastest growing religion in the United States. Out of all the categories, Dyck reports that neo-pagan leavers have “the strongest emotional reaction to Christian faith.” Although neo-pagans are not as verbally combative as modernist leavers, if they do open up it is usually “a river of molten rage.”
Wiccans have negative feelings toward Christians because they have been repeatedly portrayed by believers as Satan-worshippers and accused of sacrificing animals and rumored to murder babies. Dyck says the first step in having a meaningful relationship with Wiccans is to defuse their negative feelings by showing familiarity with their basic beliefs and asking them what attracted them to Wicca and what problems they have with Christianity.
“Reaching neo-pagans begins with showing an appreciation for nature and a desire to protect it, all while directing them to the God of whom nature is a grand reflection,” writes Dyck.
Also, neo-pagans are attracted to spirituality so it is helpful for Christians to not be shy about talking about their own spiritual experiences.
Should Christians be devising active strategies to organize coersion of other faiths (or non-faiths) in the first place? At first, I was just laughing hysterically through the whole thing. Then I read the comments posted at the bottoms. There are some scary damn people out there, and crap like this is inspiring them.
Answer by sahmamax2 at 8:13 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 7:19 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 9:17 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
why not try to bring formers back to the faith?
why not respect their right to make such decisions for themselves?
Answer by autodidact at 11:35 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:10 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:22 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 9:30 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:43 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 9:00 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:29 PM on Jan. 8, 2011
Next question overall
How many actually know about vaccine reactions and what are they