Below is a summation, or aggregate, of what such people most often say to me.
How pleased I will be if ever one such person follows the logic of their assertions to the conclusion that I here imagine him or her reaching:
"Boy, that [dipshit Christian leader] sure is reprehensible, isn’t he?
How can anyone believe the stupid, stupid things he says?
But people do! That’s what Christians do! They blindly follow their leaders!
And that’s why I—a smart, rational person—will never be a Christian, or even acknowledge the validity of choosing Christianity as a viable response to the phenomenon of life.
I refuse to be just another mindless follower.
I’m my own person. I form my own thoughts and ideas about things. I don’t let other people tell me what to think.
Besides, as a kid I had more than enough church-going in my life, thank you very much. I’m so glad to be away from all that authoritative bullshit.
I’m still really spiritual, though. I always have been.
I’m spiritual; I’m just not religious. Organized religion is for sheep. I’m no sheep.
Now, Judaism has some really deep and profound truths in it. So does Buddhism—probably the most of all. And have you ever read any of the Sufi poetry? So much deep wisdom and awesome mysticism there.
But Christianity? Gimme a break.
Sure, I admire Jesus as a moral teacher. But the whole idea that he was divine, or performed miracles? That’s not awesomely mystical. That’s just another dumb thing Christians believe.
And that is so not me.
I don’t let others determine for me what I think.
I don’t, that is, except when it comes to crappy Christians.
The bottom line is that I let crappy Christians determine for me what I think about Christianity. My thoughts and feelings on Christianity are in response to crappy Christians—they’re a reaction to crappy Christians; they are formed by, and exist solely in relationship to, crappy Christians. My thoughts on Christianity have little if anything to do with Christianity itself. (Because, for one, let’s face it: could the Bible be any more difficult to read? Who knows what that thing really says?)
Isn’t allowing my thoughts about a thing to be determined by what others think about that thing the very opposite of my thinking independently about that thing?"