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Question How do I convince my Christian Parents I'm agnostic? - January 1st 2013, 04:45 PM

I need to convince my Christian Parents that I'm agnostic. I know that if I just walk up and tell them, they will dissmiss my opinion like they have so many others on the grounds that I am too young to make a decision like that. However, I know what I am, at least for the moment. They aren't diehard Christians, though. They are accepting of minorities that other denominations dislike. I just have no idea how to start.
Also, with them I have a reputation for using electronic devices too much, so they might think I'm doing this just so I can play minecraft more, which isn't the case.
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Re: How do I convince my Christian Parents I'm agnostic? - January 1st 2013, 06:47 PM

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So, there isn't a way to convince anyone of anything. All you can do is sit down with them, in a clam manner and discuss your feelings. They may believe you, they may not. But at the end of the day, there really isn't much you can do other than be open and honest with them. Perhaps when you talk with them you can make a list of things on why you feel the way you do.

The talk may go well, it may not, the only way you are going to find out is to have it. If it doesn't go well, know that at least in a few years you will be on your own.




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Re: How do I convince my Christian Parents I'm agnostic? - January 2nd 2013, 04:21 AM

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I need to convince my Christian Parents that I'm agnostic. I know that if I just walk up and tell them, they will dissmiss my opinion like they have so many others on the grounds that I am too young to make a decision like that. However, I know what I am, at least for the moment. They aren't diehard Christians, though. They are accepting of minorities that other denominations dislike. I just have no idea how to start.
Also, with them I have a reputation for using electronic devices too much, so they might think I'm doing this just so I can play minecraft more, which isn't the case.
Any help is appreciated.
First, make sure you really aren't doing this to play minecraft more. I know that may sound silly, but I've talked to many agnostics or atheists who have left their faith simply because they want to do what they want (which I think is a stupid reason to stop believing something, plus it means they didn't really stop believing -- they've just chose to ignore it).

Second, sit down with them and tell them you have something important to yourself that you would like to discuss with them. Don't say, "I need to tell you something." Tell them you would like to discuss it. Discussions leave room for their input and not a, "This is how I feel, you can't convince me otherwise." This way it will make them feel you are open to believing still (as an agnostic should be).

Lastly, make sure you have logical arguments for why you feel the way you do because they are likely to ask why. Don't just say, "Well I don't see any evidence." Actually formulate what you want to tell them, and why you don't know if you believe. If you don't know why you don't believe, then research it. Just make sure you're honest with them and yourself.


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