note: illegal
The professor, you see… is an ATHEIST (boooo, hisss). And what are atheists like? They’re those mean argumentative people who always scream at Christians that God is dead, and do things like make them publicly forsake their religion in order to pass a class, right? They’re rage filled debators who high five each other when they make Christians cry. Most importantly – atheists aren’t ACTUALLY atheists, they’re just mad at a God they know deep down exists, but just don’t want to admit it because of some personal problem they’ve had with God in the past. Also, all it takes to break them from these vices is a good ol’ Christian to remind them of this. This is the picture that “God’s Not Dead” (and several other films/books/stories) like to paint.
The fact of the matter is, many people, both theist and atheist, struggle their entire lives searching for truth. For many atheists, they have seriously struggled with atheism vs. theism, put a lot of thought into it, and came to the conclusion that theism just doesn't make sense. This is especially the case when theism is presented to them in a way that dismisses logic. When Christians use “faith” as an excuse to dismiss natural laws and/or common sense, it is the least appealing and helpful thing to a person who is trying to assess what it is all about.
In summary, let’s stop promoting the caricature that all atheists are closet theists, lazy, or unintelligent people. Let's instead realize that many atheists, like many theists, are striving for the same goal – truth. Let’s meet them there, and start our evangelization from that premise.