A thread from Reddit:
I’ve not been a Redditor for long, but I’ve been a Christian for decades. Over the past couple weeks, I have been entertaining myself on the Atheist / Christian subreddits, and I wanted to say something:
I have some close atheist friends with whom I sometimes spar; however, until recently I still had some preconceived notions about why atheists argue and debate Christians. The compulsive need to be right, for instance; or the need to humiliate people who lack critical thinking skills; or the desire for affirmation that Christianity is full of selfish, foolish hypocrites. All negative things.
What I didn’t count on is the number of you who simply want Christians to “see the light.” Who don’t want us to waste our lives chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, believing fairy tales because we’re scared not to. You care about the quality of Christians’ lives more than many Christians care about yours. Sometimes much more.
I’m sure this post will be met with some ire; there are those of you who are apt to feel as though I’m mollycoddling, and a few will no doubt wonder why I continue to live in ignorance if I’m so appreciative. Try to take what I say at face value: I mischaracterized many of you ridiculously and I feel bad about it. Thanks for being so cool.
The subsequent comments are all over the map, as is the norm on Reddit.