|To a Jehovah's Witness
The title reflects the fact that, at least in the UK, an unexpected doorstep visit from a Jehovah's Witness is one of the most common situations in which people will find their religious beliefs being directly and explicitly challenged; thus the essay nominally takes the form of an address to such a (hypothetical) visitor, but it is also aimed more widely at 'religion vs. atheism' and 'faith vs. science' debates as a whole. Similarly, while I focus largely on Christianity, this is only because Christianity is the most common religion in my country - the arguments are intended to apply equally to other theist religions, and much of it applies to non-theist religions, too. The essay is aimed primarily at religious people who try to convert others to share their beliefs, and at those who actively criticise atheism, although others (whether religious or otherwise) are of course still very welcome to read and comment.
All comments and criticisms are welcome, and I would appreciate any suggestions as to how the argument might be improved. (Of course, I must also ask that all comments be polite. I realise that this is a sensitive subject, but I have tried to maintain a neutral and civil tone throughout, and would appreciate the same courtesy).To a Jehovah's Witness( Click here for full textCollapse )Click here
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