pmchugh wrote:First quote says, "Christianity is loosely defined" and the second one accuses Atheists of not taking time to understand Christians points of view as if they were clearly set out.
It is because they are not clearly set out that many atheists decide not to look into them fully. Its only a problem if they declare that they DO understand.. when it is clear that they do not. I reject Islam, but never declare myself familiar with the religion except in the most basic terms.. and I don't declare my thinking intellectually superior becuase I think differently. Too many atheists here do just that.. declare themselves superior without recognizing that what they reject has nothing to do with what many real Christians actually think.
pmchugh wrote:What makes this even funnier is that you openly admit in your post that most western Atheists were Christians not so long ago, surely then they have considered and perhaps even have experience of the Christian POV.
Having experience with Christianity does not mean they understand Christianity. In fact, that is the point. Many come to atheism becuase they came from what believers would say is a distorted version of Christianity.
And before you say the reverse is true, remember.. atheism is purely the belief that there is no God. How one can come to that idea, what it means, etc.. in other words, the religion of the atheist, do differ. However, the idea itself is very basic. This is not true for Christianity. You are attempting to compare one very narrow thought to a whole diverse range of religion.