I've noticed that conservative Christians often dismiss my opinions on religious matters, saying "You're a Unitarian. You believe anything," or some variant thereof. They're implying that because I don't share their particular views on the nature of God and the Universe, that 1) my views don't matter, or 2) my views are obviously based on ignorance (i.e., a lack of knowledge) and are, therefore, irrelevant. On the contrary, I have found that UUs are often the most knowledgeable people on topics religious and spiritual. They just haven't accepted the premise that such Scriptures and knowledge is inerrant and immutably true.
Conservative Christians are lost in their own world. Christianity in their case is a cultural allegiance, and not really a belief at all. Some would howl to hear me say this, but my family and others I know who are part of that culture haven't even read the Bible cover to cover, much less remember, understand, or live by its highest ethical tenets. It's pointless to argue with them, because if you use their own documents effectively to make a point, they just get angry. What you can do is demonstrate what a genuinely good Christian and/or a genuinely good human being would be like. It's hard to argue with someone who is kind, compassionate, and still treats you with respect even if you're something of a jerk.
Add a comment...