If Christian’s apologist bloggers wish to effectively communicate their worldview in a language, beliefs, values, symbols, traditions and practices that are already familiar to atheists, then reading atheists’ blogs could be the key and a treasure mine which will help them understand the diverse atheistic worldview.
As a Christian, who love to learn, think and share the reasons for what I believe and why I believe, reading opposite worldviews and see how they challenge my Christians worldview is an important part of correcting, reforming, changing or abandoning some perspectives that I hold. It also help me communicate Christian worldview in a way I can be understood.
Before I share a list of my favorite ordinary atheists’ and agnostics’ blogs I found edifying, engaging and wonderfully provocative, I shared 10 stages that will help you enjoy and respectfully engage with atheists bloggers as you read and trying to understand their worldview in their own context, finding the common grounds, challenges, edifying ideas, and provocative positions that will ignite deep thoughts and reflections.
Stages of How To Read Atheist’s Blogs: Modified Adler & Doren’s Method
1. Find what the article is about. Find the major subject matter. Define the problem(s) the blogger is trying to solve or setting and try to correctly outline the whole article.
2. Come to terms with the blogger by interpreting his key words, grasping leading propositions in his most important sentences.
3. Know the blogger’s arguments by finding them in, or constructing them out of, sequences of sentences.
4. Do not begin criticism until you have completed reading and rereading the article, correctly interpreting the blogger’s words, understand and outline his argument. “Do not say you agree, disagree, or suspend judgment, until you can say “I understand.”- Mortimer J. Adler
5. Do not disagree disputatiously or contentiously.
6. Demonstrate that you recognize the difference between knowledge and mere personal opinion by presenting good reasons for any critical judgment you make.
7. When criticizing, try to use as few, clear and kind words to show wherein the blogger is uninformed, misinformed, illogical or incomplete.
8. Avoid disagreeing on minor details.
9. “Pick your battles”. Do not comment on the topic you are not familiar with. Study, ponder, and come back when you are familiar with the topic at hand.
10. Be quick to point out your own errors. Quick to admit you were wrong, and quick to correct your mistakes.
Here are my list of my favorite atheists and agnostics’ blogs worthy reading:
Grome Soapbox – Larry, Richard and Jack wonderful and provocative blog.
Robert Nielsen – Economics and Politics student.
Tearmatt Thoughts From The Frontline -Creative, thoughtful and sweetly provocative.
The Dixie Flatline – Religion from an atheist perspective.
Myatheistlife – How one atheist sees life.
Conflicting Thoughts – Tafacory’s philosophy (ethics, religion/theology, metaphysics, epistemology, politics)
Eternity in an Hour – James Ee Suen Zheng’s philosophy, economics, and literature.
On the Nature of Things – Clay Simpson. A 24 year old atheist, college student, and former collegiate baseball player.
Question To Christian Apologist: Do you read or follow atheist’s blogs? Give reasons
N.B: If you are a wordpress atheist blogger who love philosophy and Christian-atheism discussions done with respect and kindness, exploring and criticizing the arguments and ideas and not the people holding them, then do leave your blog link and share a little about your blog.
“Knowing how to respond to seekers in their own life context,” explained E.D. Martin, and “how to contextualize the gospel without compromising the message, how to communicate the good news of Christ clearly, and how to keep methods consistent with the message—these are essential ingredients for faithful witness.”