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Re: [skeptics-137] Jehovah's Witnesses came calling

From: eric
Sent on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:31 PM
I have had extensive encounters with JW's and I have mulled over the best way to deal with them.  The best way probably varies from JW to JW.  I think you did the right thing, however, in being up front with, and polite to, them.  I try to keep the lines of communication open and they drop by every so often.  Good job!


On 8/28/[masked]:44 PM, Diane wrote:
Well, that was fun! A carload of Jehovah’s Witnesses just came to the door to try to evangelize me. When the spokes lady tried to hand me a brochure and started talking about god & the bible, I said with a smile on my face that I wasn’t interested. She said “you’re not interested in the bible?”, I told her no, I am an atheist. She & her companions were thunderstruck and stood there with their mouths open for a few seconds staring at me like I had sprouted horns! Then they asked me if I was raised that way – I am sure they thought maybe they had an unchurched patsy that they could awe with their amazing stories. I said no, I wasn’t raised an atheist, but when I got older & smarter I came to the conclusion there was no god and it was all just made up stories. They asked why I decided that, and I said I studied science. They launched into a spiel about where we came from and I just kept repeating “evolution from earlier life forms”. But what about the origination of the cell – don’t you think god made cells? No, it was evolution. What about the transition forms – where are they? We evolved, and there are transition forms between us and our earlier ancestors. But evolution is just a belief! No, it is the truth and it’s proven. She turned to one of her companions to see if she had anything further to say and I just smiled and told them they were not going to change my mind. I wished them a good day, and they finally went back to their car and drove away. I am sure they were puzzled that someone could be so “misguided”! I was friendly and smiling and nice to them the entire time, so they can’t say atheists are an immoral bunch of meanies. It was rather fun and maybe, just maybe, one of them will think further on what I said!

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