Both of the questions belie a lack of careful thinking, but I tried to make sure that each time I heard it I realized that it's this person's first time asking it. So, despite the fact I'd heard it hundreds of times, I would respond as though it was the first - at least people were asking instead of just defining me for themselves on their own prejudices, right? Progress is slow, but amusing at times.
Anyway, my stock answers go something like this:
1.) well, the meetings are great. Old business? No god - sweet. New business? Still no god - sweet; let's drink!
2.) when did you decide to be straight?
It's surprising how little effort went into almost immediately reversing the question and putting it into a frame of reference the questioner would immediately recognize. Plus, it made them answer the question for themselves, instead of my having to give a four part harmony oral history of my life-to-date.
Little did I know that there would actually be meetings for the atheists in my then-future, as there weren't any back then, well, such that I was aware anyway.
So, here's my question for you:
when you were an atheist back in the day and people asked you what it's like, how did you answer?I think I'm curious to know if I was just being flip back then, or if others might have taken a similar approach.
Anyway, let me know in the comments!