Top Ten Tips For Reaching Out To Religious Believers

I apologize again for my unexpected writing hiatus of the last few weeks. I expect to have my writing energies finally free for blogging again once I am finished writing my students’ study guides. In the meantime, I recommend readers look at my posts with tips for reaching out to religious believers, which I originally published in October 2011. 

1. Don’t call religious believers stupid.

2. Make believers stay on topic during debates.

3. Don’t tell religious believers “what they really believe.”

4. Clarify what kinds of evidence warrant what kinds of belief.

5. Help break the spell of religious reverence.

6. Don’t demonize religious peoples’ motives, focus on their objective harms.

7. Take philosophy seriously.

8. Both refute the best counter-arguments you can think of and create Gestalt shifts.

9. Be unapologetic, rigorous, patient, and gracious with religious believers.

10. Love religious people.

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