A new Christian tactic?
This is new.
I’ve been writing about secular history and atheism for about 15 years. When the Heathen’s books first hit the best seller list there wasn’t even an internet. It’s sold well all over the world, has been released in several languages with new translations coming out soon, and overall I do damned well with it.
Unless you’re talking to a Christian.
For the last couple weeks I’ve been getting e-mails and comments-on-site from a bunch of different Christians that are essentially saying the same thing: “You’re not doing well, no one is listening to you, and you may as well pack it in and go home.”
I’m used to the semi-weekly “You’re going to Hell” e-mail, as well as the regular belligerent “You have no idea what you’re talking about” comments. But this latest round seems to be trying to be more discouraging than contrary. I am seriously wondering if this is a new, contrived approach being advocated in Christian circles: ‘If you can’t prove your points well enough, try to dishearten the atheist until he shuts up and goes away.’
It’s definitely strange.
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