Never a True Christian
Things That Christians Say to Atheists

1. "How can something come from nothing?"
      (Lawrence Krauss has written an entire book about this)

2. "America was founded as a Christian nation/the Founding Fathers were all devout Christians."
      (the Founding Fathers were also slave owners, and they believed that women shouldn't be allowed to vote)

3. "There are no atheists in foxholes."
     (and if there were more atheists, there would be fewer foxholes)

4. "If Christianity isn't valid, why do so many people believe in it?"
      (Millions of people believe in astrology. Does that make it valid?)

5. "If Christianity isn't valid, why has it been around for thousands of years?"

6. "Where do your morals come from if you don't believe in God?"
      (and I would ask: Did you have to read the Bible to figure out that murder and theft are morally wrong?)

7. "My granddaddy wasn't no monkey!"

8. "You atheists just want to keep living a life of sin."

9. "I had a personal experience with God/God revealed himself to me."

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10. "Evolution is just a theory" [technically, this has nothing to do with the existence of god].

11. "It takes more faith to be an atheist than to be a Christian."
      (Or: "Atheism is a religion too.")
      (Or: "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist.")

12. "If you don't believe in God, what DO you believe in?"
      (Variation: "Atheists don't believe in ANYTHING.")

13. "You were never a true Christian."

14. "You're just angry at God because something bad happened in your childhood."

15. "Some Christian(s) must have really hurt your feelings at some point."

16. "You're taking that Bible verse out of context."

17. "What if you're wrong?"

18. "Better safe than sorry!" [Pascal's Wager]

19. "The eye is too complex to have evolved."

20. "Scientist X believes in God."

21. "God exists because the Bible tells me so."

22. "All belief systems deserve respect."

23. "They found Noah's ark" [again!].

24. "Would the apostles/martyrs have died for a lie?"

25. "That's the OLD Testament. Read the NEW Testament!"

26. "Hitler (Pol Pot, Stalin) was an atheist."

27. "Christianity is not a religion ... it's a relationship."

28. "Darwin had a deathbed conversion" [this is a flat-out lie].

29. "There are no transitional fossils" [not actually an argument about God].

30. "Prove that God doesn't exist."

31. "Why do you want to steal my joy?"

32. "For somebody who doesn't believe in God, you sure do talk about him a lot."
(for the same reason that a police detective talks a lot about crime: It's prevalent, it's pernicious, it's harmful, it's difficult to ignore, and the world would be better off without it)

33. "You may not believe in God, but he believes in you."

34. "You don't understand the Bible."

35. "Without God, you can't have a purpose in life. How can you have morals? How can you have love?"

36. "God is beyond the ability of science to detect him" [playing the "mystery card"].

37. "If you pray hard enough, God will reveal himself to you. You just haven't prayed hard enough."

38. "I just know."   Or: "I know because I know because I know."

39. [From Kirk Cameron] "Have you ever lied? Then you're a liar!!!"

40. "You're just going through a phase."

41. "You know there's a God, and you're lying about it (Rom. 1:20ff)."

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