How do you answer the argument by atheists that you are religious because you have been born and raised as a religious person and you believe in the stuff religion has told you because it has been embedded as such a major part of your life. If you were born atheist and then looked at religion you most likely wouldn’t convert to religion. Your culture and surroundings are the result of your religion and not your understanding and knowledge itself.

I find this to be true pretty much everywhere where I live and even within my own family. And taking into consideration the fact that conversion from religion to atheism is a lot lot higher than the amount of conversion from atheism to religion it seems that culture really may have an impact on religious background and when they gain an understanding/knowledge people tend to leave.

  • I wonder if these kinds of questions are on-topic. As it sounds like a defend yourself question.
    – Medi1Saif
    Feb 1, 2020 at 14:14
  • Can be very helpful though also if anyone still has answers please post them here
    – user35688
    Feb 4, 2020 at 0:36

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There is no reason to argue against it because it isn't a real argument. It doesn't make any statement either about Islam or atheism.

Two responses to this can be that:

  • The same thing applies in reverse. Atheists are so careless of religion because either they were raised in an atheist household or a household where religion wasn't emphasized. So, this "argument" does not support their world view either. For the exceptional atheists who were raised in religious households, we have exceptional Muslim converts as well.

  • Both apostates from Islam and converts to Islam show that even though your birth may have influence, you have your own choice. You can choose what you want to be.

  • It is definitely not true that when Muslims get knowledge they tend to leave. There is very little evidence of that. For most people, more knowledge raises their faith.

And eventually, it is better to bring the discussion back to the truth value of Islam vs atheism. The actions of people are really not of concern in that discussion.

The entire world can be atheist, and Islam would still be true. If Islam was false, even if every person who heard of Islam accepted it, it would still be false. The acceptance rate of something doesn't make a difference to whether it is true.

  • I mean knowledge of science etc. Also there are significantly more concerts from religion to atheism than from atheism to religion which also suggests this. Most of Islam’s population live in underdeveloped places whereas in the flourishing and advancing places such as UK or USA atheism is on the rise and this isn’t necessarily due to birth rates but more from conversions and we can see this as atheists typically have lower birth rates than all religions. It seems that Islam is flourishing because lots of Muslims are being born not necessarily due to conversions or acquiring knowledge.
    – user35688
    Feb 1, 2020 at 13:11
  • @ExcogitatingThing As I said for most people, knowledge increases faith. There is no evidence of there being more converts to either side. And even if there was, it is a non-argument. It makes no difference whether there are more converts to one thing or another. Atheism is on the rise in UK and USA because Christianity doesn't make sense. Islam has nothing to do with that.
    – The Z
    Feb 1, 2020 at 14:45
  • But that still doesn’t necessarily answer the question. Islam is increasing but not necessarily on the basis of knowledge but more or less because their families are Muslims however most atheists converts have Converter due to the knowledge they have acquired and most atheists live in well developed countries where they are taught and learn about God and hence why they come to the conclusions made however in Islam most people around are Muslim so it is just a generally accepted thing and a lot of Muslims live in underdeveloped places and don’t have lots of knowledge.
    – user35688
    Feb 2, 2020 at 2:52
  • Also don’t you think if Christianity didn’t make sense but Islam did then they would’ve converted to Islam instead of atheism however the rates of atheism is increasing faster than Islam in these countries and atheists also have lower birth rates than Islam which shows that the increase of atheism is based more in conversions and acquiring knowledge rather than just frequent births as is happening in Islam?
    – user35688
    Feb 2, 2020 at 2:55
  • @ExcogitatingThing Leaving religion is easier than researching other religions. That is the obvious reason most people become atheists from Christianity. In fact, as far as I know, a lot of converts to Islam are atheists or agnostics who have become disillusioned from Christianity, but unlike others who simply stayed atheist, researched into other religions to find the truth.
    – The Z
    Feb 2, 2020 at 15:43

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