Reader Alise tosses out a hypothetical scenario that I don’t think is very far-fetched:
Let’s say you have a religious friend.
And the friend completely accept that you’re an atheist.
He doesn’t try to convert you or preach to you or debate you. He’s completely fine with your atheism.
What does that tell you about his faith? Would you have more or less respect for his belief system? Does that person simply not have very strong convictions? Would you feel somewhat disappointed in him if he didn’t try to convert you?
It seems like that is what we want, but if it happened, we would take him less seriously. Is that a contradiction?