June open thread: deconversion tactics and a blog intro page

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve gotten quite busy with other things, but I plan on forcing myself to blog more next week. Until then, here’s your June open thread. A couple topics I’d especially like to see people discuss:

  1. What tactics work best when you’re trying to deconvert someone? Arguments are important, but not all arguments are created equal, and the rational force an argument ought to have doesn’t correlate perfectly with its psychological force. A good example of the kind of thing I’d like to see here: getting people to actually read the Bible.
  2. I’m thinking of creating an intro page to this blog that would collect posts like my recent post on the definition of naturalism. The goal would not be to give visitors a full introduction to atheism, but give them the basic vocabulary and so on they need to understand a random post on this blog. If I did create such a page, what else would belong on it?
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