The debate "It is easier to convert an atheist than a religious person." was started by
December 26, 2015, 2:42 pm.
19 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 22 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most people are against to this statement.
PsychDave posted 1 argument, Sosocratese posted 2 arguments to the disagreers part.
Walrus0_0, Pictobug_1, MasayaIchimaru, srbanano, iiks, FluffiestDrop45, jjrocks1738, mini101, rob5998, angordon3 and 9 visitors agree.
PsychDave, historybuff, Sosocratese, thatguy, esoo717, waynemc15, sloanstar1000, numbskull, swp16, truth_vs_true, Monster, tommy5015 and 10 visitors disagree.
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You're right, they expanded it to 2004 back in 2012.
Well put, I should say. However, I thought that the millenial generation ended in 2002 (or was it 2004? Ah, doubtful). Iwas born in 2001 and am regarded as a millenial, by others as well as myself.
I would strongly disagree with this claim.
you can see the trend of religious affiliation in the US here. I'm using the US because it is easily the most religious country in the west and thus serves as a good baseline. You can see that Christians are on a hard decline, while atheists and agnostics are on a stark uptrend. In fact the two are almost proportional (christian affiliation declining by 7.8% while atheist/agnostic uptrending by 6.7%).
This trend is even more telling in the millennial generation (those born between 1981-1996).
You can see that millennials are much less likely to be affiliated with a specific religion. This marks a big step from theism to deism. While this poll doesn't speak to atheism, I think it's fair to say that millennials are becoming much less dogmatic about whatever "spirituality" they wish to ascribe to. It's a intermediate step familiar to many atheists on their journey from religion to disbelief.
I think it's fair to say, according to the stats, moving from theism to atheism is the more common trend. Thus it is easy to make the arguments that it is also the easier "conversion".
Indeed, I agree.
An atheist does not have faith in the intangible. A religious person has already demonstrated that they are capable of faith. Transferring that faith is easier than creating it.