I don't mean simply "friendly", but really share in the way that people do when they are in true friendships.
I ask because I was just thinking about our former neighbors - the ones who had children who told my kids that we were destined to hell if we didn't believe in their god. I really like the mom, as well as her kids. We'd talk over the fence and share stories about the kids or other aspects of life, but there was always a veil that seemed to cross between us, and I think it's because of their deep religious beliefs, and especially the instruction they have through their church to "spread the Word". Although I don't make an effort to "convert" (as if it were possible) anyone to Atheism, I did let my neighbor know that I didn't want her kids to preach to mine. To be honest, I am not comfortable letting my children play with hers (without my supervision) because they cannot seem to play without preaching. If that is part of their role as Christians, and a role they take very seriously, to convert non-Christians, then how is it possible for a real friendship to develop with someone outside their faith?
Is it possible for Atheists and Evangelicals to be friends, then? Can Evangelicals get past the need to evangelize to those who have no interest in converting, and just be people with common interests outside of religion? Is there anything in that belief that would prevent them from befriending people who make it clear that religion is off limits?
What do you think? And to be clear, this is not a personal question, even though I added some personal notes to it just to help further explain what prompted it. I am not looking for advice, but wanted to share these thoughts as a topic for discussion and nothing more.Answer Question
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