When Worlds Don’t Collide

Here’s a lovely comment left on I’m OK – You’re Not: The Message We’re Giving Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop, by someone who gave their name only as “An Atheist”:

I’m an atheist and came upon this book accidentally, but it offers the best approach to proselytizing/conversion I’ve ever heard from a Christian. I wish more Christians would read this book and think like this. If you want to get a non-believer’s attention, lead by example, treat them with respect and offer your views only when asked. It will go a long way towards your cause. I highly recommend this book for the faithful.

Not the worst thing to read just before I leave my office to go finally vacuum and dust our living room.

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About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • Mindy

    Exactly, John – I am not an atheist, but I am also not a Christian – and yet I find nearly everything you write to ring true and real for me. I am so grateful to have been directed toward your writing – it touches me every time.

  • Michael Rowe

    Nice work, dude.

  • http://www.shadsie.deviantart.com Shadsie

    If someone has to tell you that they are a wise person or a moral person, they probably are not. If they have wisdom, it will show in their actions, their words, their very being. Morality will show in the honor by which they live their life. — Just some odd thing I thought of while cleaning horse stalls today, something I want to have some character in some story of mine say in some fashion, though it’s a very ancient idea. I guess it’s just that I find too many people of all walks (Christians, Atheists, others) seem to have this attitude of “I’m up here, and you are almost where I am, you just need to take a few more steps to become as good as me” and it always falls flat, like they’re harping on their own relative “enlightenment” which shows more ego than knoweledge.

    Don’t get attacked by vorpal dust bunnies. The ones that hide under couches can be vicious. They grow strong by feeding on forgotten Cheetos.

  • http://myfanwe.wordpress.com Meg

    I just finished reading that book a few days ago and I wish that every Christian I know had a copy. If I had that kind of money, I would so make that happen! It should be as common in Christian homes as the bible is. It’s a great book, John.

    I’m now reading Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnshore/ John Shore

      Thank you so much for this lovely note. I really appreciate it.


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