Have you ever tried striking up a conversation with someone about the existence of God only to find that they have no interest in the question?  Trying to continue the conversation is like trying to talk to a two year old about quantum mechanics.  Strategically, you must find a way to get the unbeliever to see that the question of God’s existence is relevant to his/her life.  I think the most effective approach is to appeal to common existential questions that every human wonders about.  This could include:

  • What do you think happens when you die?
  • Where did everything come from?
  • What is the source of our moral awareness?

Perhaps the most fruitful approach, however, is to focus on the meaning and purpose of life.  Every human being is seeking to discover the meaning and purpose of life.  Perhaps you could ask, “Do you ever think about the purpose of life?  Does it have any meaning?  What is your purpose?”  If they answer in the affirmative, proceed to point out that if they are concerned about the purpose of life, then they ought to be concerned about the question of God’s existence because meaning/purpose can only be derived from the intention of an intelligent mind.  If there is no God who created us, then there can be no purpose/meaning to life.  If there is no God, then life is truly meaningless.  In other words, meaning is tied to the existence of God.  Our search for meaning is inexorably tied to our search for God.  Only if we find God can we discover the meaning and purpose of life.  If that’s not enough to shake them out of their apathy, probably nothing can!


See also Dealing with Apathy


* If they say “no,” ask if they once thought about such questions, what they concluded, and why they concluded what they did. This will provide you with some insights into their thinking that may prove fruitful for furthering the conversation.