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Reflections on Ethics 47
Is it wrong to convert someone?

by Reverend Gunner Nelson

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I recently began dating a young woman named Stephanie. She’s smart, funny, attractive, the works. Now, she was one of those “wandering” types when I met her, unsure of her religious affiliation. After only a little bit of work, I managed to sway her towards Apathetic Agnosticism.

Is it wrong to recruit someone into a religion that doesn’t fit the common mold of religion? I mean, the way I interpret the Articles of Faith is that whatever happened – the Creation or the Big Bang, for instance – happened in a certain, unchangeable way. The present is more important than bickering over how things started or what will happen when we die; let’s work on how things are.

Apathetic Agnostics have nothing to look forward to after death. Is that really so bleak? Or is it truly a boon, that we can focus more on our life as it is than on some supernatural post-mortem reward?

The only thing I am not sure of is the morality of the issue. Some think that I have turned an impressionable young woman away from God, but in my experience Apathetic Agnostics are more likely to look into the fields of philosophy and religion than those who profess more theistic ideals. We should focus on our treasures; acknowledge our hardships and dismiss them rather than dwell on them.

My interpretation of the Articles of Faith is very similar to Zen Buddhism. My mother is a Zen Buddhist and she commonly preaches pacifism and focus, awareness without interference, and releasing the false ideal of self.