Interesting questions to ponder:
When you were an atheist, what could a Christian have said or done to change your mind, or at least get you started down that path, any sooner than you eventually did?
As a Christian, having seen both sides, how do you now approach atheists?
Jen summed things up nicely when she said:
God has done so much in my life, it takes my breath away to even think about it. If I could just share with others even a drop of the peace and joy that he has showered down upon me, I think it would be better than 1,000 good arguments.
This is not to say, however, that there's no place for pointing out the logical reasons to believe the Christian claims are true -- as an atheist, I couldn't have even considered exploring this religion until I understood that I did not need to set aside science and reason in order to believe its claims.
This is so true for me, too. (Can I just keep saying, "Yeah, yeah ... what she said,"?)
It's not about arguing an atheist into belief, or about besting one's opponent or coming up with the most clever argument. It's about the hope that I can communicate the ineffable peace that I've found. After a certain point of reasoning through all the "sides" and "arguments" there really isn't a logical explanation for that peace. But when it arrives, you exhale and think, "Oh ... so that's what this has been all about."
In other words, there are reasonable and logical explanations for everything, but the explanations aren't everything.
I truly hope to get back to this thread very soon, because I have so much to say, and have had so very little time to say it, but perhaps this discussion will spur me to work on a project I've had in mind for a long time, which is to chronicle in much greater detail the part of my conversion that involved moving from atheism to belief.