Or: Treating me like an idiot is no way to convert me.
Over in This thread Polycarp said,
Abruptly, I had an epiphany - that the thing that drives me absolutely insane about most conversion conversations is that the person on the other end (the one trying to convert me), when told that I am not interested, appears to assume that I’m an idiot, who has been living on a cave, on Mars, with my fingers in my ears, and haven’t thought through the whole thing and come to my own conclusion on the subject of religion.
Poly’s quote above does no such thing. Jodi has never done any such thing. I’m sure there are others on the board who are the same way. Both of my examples respect my intelligence, and respect that I have come to a conclusion that, although it is different from theirs, works for me. And, therefore, by their actions both of them have a better chance of converting me.
(FTR, I don’t know what I believe. I know that right now being a practicing Pagan is the most spiritually satisfying thing I have ever done in my life - not necessarily emotionally satisfying, not necessarily physically satisfying, but spiritually satisfying.)
Now, someone else suggested (in a pit thread that I can’t find right now) that the idea of conversion was to preach to those who had no chance of ever hearing the Gospel. That makes a heck of a lot more sense than not respecting the intelligence and decision-making abilities of your fellow Christian-aware citizens.
But I’m up to being convinced that I’m wrong.
To be fair, I know that what’s going on on the other end of the conversion conversation is someone thinking “gee, that sistercoyote’s kind of neat. It’d be too bad if she went to the Hot Place after she dies.” Still, treating me like an idiot is never going to change my mind.