1. Stop being so smug.Mike at Frenquency Illusion has posted a response titled "Five things that would make Christians seem nicer." I suppose I agree with #5, but the other points seem rather weak.
2. Don’t assume every piece of Christian evangelism is directed at you – we want the undecideds, not the decided-uns.
3. Admit that the debate about God’s existence is complex – and that it can, depending on your presuppositions, be quite possible for intelligent and rational people to intelligently believe in an intervening deity who communicates through a book.
4. Admit that the scientific method – which by its nature relies on induction rather than deduction (starting with a hypothesis and testing it rather than observing facts and forming a hypothesis) – is as open to abuse as any religious belief, and is neither objective nor infallible.
5. Try to deal with the actual notions of God seriously believed in by millions of people rather than inventing strawmen (or spaghetti monsters) to dismiss the concepts of God – and deal with the Bible paying attention to context and the broader Christological narrative rather than quoting obscure Old Testament laws. By all means quote the laws when they are applied incorrectly by “Christians” – but understand how they’re meant to work before dealing with the Christians described in point 3.
1. Stop taking the missionary position. Don't come to my door. Don't go abroad and convert vulnerable people to Christianity. Stop evangelizing.Thoughts?
2. Stop defending the bits of your bible that are obviously wrong. When you argue about the age of the Earth, evolution, and other stuff that science is far better at explaining, you destroy your credibility for the moral and spiritual teachings of Christianity. And isn't that the important stuff?
3. Stop asking for so much money. It seams like all Christian media is 100% focused using people's religiosity to separate Christians from their money. You already get the Mother of All Tax Breaks for some reason. You already have all those fancy churches. Enough already. Was Jesus really all about getting more money?
4. Stop being so un-American. The constitutional separation of church and state is the most unique and American of ideas. It's the thing that protects your sect from other sects that would use the power of government to advance their sectarian interests. Do what you want in your own home and church, but in the American political arena, there is no higher power than the U.S. Constitution. Accept it.
5. Stop being so un-Christian. Instead of your constant culture war with non-Christians, turn the other cheek. Instead of working so hard to gain political power for your own interests, instead render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's. Instead of judging others, instead let him who is without sin cast the first stone.