Bad attitudes theists have towards atheists

Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking, once said, “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

It’s hard to honestly face criticism, but it’s the only way we can grow as human beings, since we are notoriously good at deceiving ourselves about our own competence and knowledge.

That is why I hope theists and atheists will consider shedding attitudes we might unknowingly possess that can hinder productive dialogue. Let’s start with three bad attitudes people who believe in God sometimes exhibit.

  • No rational person can be an atheist! Do you think we just came from monkeys or something?
  • Atheists are immoral
  • Failing to empathise with atheists

Read a fuller explanation of these three attitudes

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