Sounds like your friend is way off the deep end. It is unlikely that you could reason with him about anything that even remotely questions the validity of his beliefs. He has an army of like minded sheeple who reinforce his beliefs, and you are only one. How could you possibly be right while all those others are wrong? Let him languish in his comfortable little cocoon. Self imposed ignorance is bliss for some.
Yeah, having to exist in the same atmosphere with guys like that steams my cheese too.
Well, firstly, he is not my friend, he is my coworker, actually my supervisor. As a schizoid I avoid the whole friend thing. Also, I work at a homeless shelter, a Christian homeless shelter. You know, the one with the red kettles at Christmastime.
Ironically, there are all flavors there: typical mainline Christians, Catholics, Mormons, JWs, and even atheists. And all of us are treated with respect and how we all get along is not about religion or lack of it, but how we treat one another and how we treat the homeless and those in need.
Nobody gets preachy or in-your-face about religion. I've never worked anywhere in the 40 years I've been working where I have been treated with more respect by not only my coworkers, but by my bosses and the residents at the shelter as well. I get called "sir" every day and I'm the janitor (it's not because I look old either).
I don't agree with this particular coworker regarding religion and he does not agree with me although he is not really sure where I am at regarding religion. He knows that years ago I attended church regularly and that I have read and studied the Bible and that I am someone with whom he can have theological discussions. I enjoy these discussions and I can work on him along the edges and get him to think which if I got in his face with, "I'm an atheist and I think your beliefs are BS" would never happen. Besides, I have to work closely with him each day.
I am an atheist but I am not bitter about Christianity or having been a Christian. Just as with all people there are Christians who stink as human beings, who are consumed with hate and bigotry toward various groups of people, who in the context of Christianity Jesus would have nothing to do with them since they are entirely un-Christlike while claiming to be Christians. But being an atheist does not define who I am as a person no more than I have ever allowed what I do to make money define me as a person.
Fortunately, my coworker is nothing like that. He is a decent guy and I've never seen any bigotry or hate displayed by him and he treats everyone with respect. Even though we have religious discussions I in no way want to do anything to destroy his faith because he credits it with bringing his life around and his family together in this past year. I don't make myself taller by tearing him down and my life is not defined by being an atheist. People make their own choices and as long as that makes them happy and they respect my choices, then I'm good with that. I have no chip on my shoulder regarding faith and it's not my life's mission to destroy religion.
Besides, being schizoid that all sounds like too much work to me.