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I was an atheist as a teenager, and when I started believing in God, I still remembered why I had been an atheist.
And whenever I’d see an internet debate about God, I would often be frustrated by the same thing over and over:
Theists who hadn’t previously been atheists, had no idea why atheists were atheists.
They just couldn’t understand it — they seemed to think atheists were just dumb. They seemed to say:
“Surely if I keep quoting this scripture over and over, they’ll come around!”
But having been on both sides, I could see the validity in atheist objections to theism, and vice versa.
Changing your mind, especially about a major topic with a lot of emotional weight behind it, can illuminate a depth dimension you might not have known was there.
Having fully embraced two opposite beliefs is like having two eyes.
Before I’d changed my mind on atheism, I could see only a facade of atheism, and a facade of theism. It was like having one eye.
But having fully embraced two opposing beliefs, I gained a certain depth perception. I could see the substance behind the facade, of both positions.
Changing your mind can more than double your knowledge — it can add an infinitude of depth and subtlety to it.