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  1. Easily. There is a well-known case of the philosopher of religion Anthony Fly, who spent his entire life working on the theoretical justification of atheism, and in 2004 (when he was 81) converted to the faith. The story of his conversion, arguments and everything else are described in the popular book There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind (2007).

  2. Alas, tens of thousands of former Soviet citizens rejected their Soviet upbringing and education and rushed to play pranks in various churches. True, the first on this path was entered by the crime of the 90s. Then the population caught up.

  3. He may well become a believer, not only in science and religion, but even in the communist Party, in liberal values, and in flying into space, and that you can wear different socks and even hats, but still check whether he is a man or a woman?

  4. I am an example of such a person.

    Initially, he started promoting atheism earlier than anyone else in his environment. He was an ardent warrior against the “stupid veruns” and very rudely encouraged each of them.

    In principle, even to think that I could convert to the faith-it was impossible, twirled at the temple. I always gave a lot of arguments, was a fan of scientism and specifically instilled it to others and the family.

    Until I ran into isolation. At home, when there was several times more time, I began to study philosophy. I was interested in the topic of religion and the general universe.

    After a while, I realized that I was a Deist, and I was shocked that this was real. After an indefinite time, and at all – Theist.

    I've been looking for answers, and I keep looking for them. And only after understanding the “other side” in the form of adherents of the faith, studying the arguments, delving into history and realizing the problems, philosophical justifications – I came to the faith,and I am sure I will not return back.

    For me, faith and science are compatible.

  5. this can probably happen during a difficult period, during which the atheist decides to seek outside support. and let's say that he will not have money for a psychologist, and his friends will not be able to support him morally. perhaps, as a result of spiritual searches, he will come to religion, but not the fact

  6. History knows of such cases.
    For example, a soldier was captured by the Chechens-op-and he is already a Muslim. He was an atheist, or an Orthodox, or something else, it doesn't matter.
    It is important that with the help of brute force, torture and a sufficient amount of time, unfortunately, this is quite possible.

    The second option is an atheist upbringing. There were a great many of them in the USSR. Parents and teachers at school said, “There is no God,” and the child believed it. Then the party's policy changed, and yesterday's atheists are successfully praying. There are many examples here, to put it mildly, starting with the heads of government and ending with the general population.

    Well, the last option is an atheist by conviction. If a person does not believe in “there is no God”, but understands all the absurdity of the concept of deity, for example, in the same Orthodoxy, then he will not become a believer. For it is absurd and meaningless.
    Well, what's the point of believing in Pinocchio, for example, or in some other character from fairy tales? As long as the child does not understand that these characters are fiction , then it's fine. And when ” you understand – “then it's too late to try. It is the same with religions.

    PS If you think that Savaof is fundamentally different from Pinocchio, it just means that you are not an atheist 😉

  7. No, because neither atheism nor faith is epistemologically possible. You can't be an atheist – you can only pretend to be an atheist. It is impossible to be a believer – you can only pretend to be a believer. Pretend not only consciously, but also unconsciously. Neither to believe nor not to believe is impossible. The only epistemological state in which a person always remains is the state of epistemological neutrality. All other states are just a performance that a person plays out in front of themselves and/or others. So we assume.

  8. A real atheist will never become a believer, because a sane (even non-atheist) person will ask himself several questions at once:

    1) Why learn all kinds of prayers when you can educate yourself/spend time with your family or partner/surf the internet, after all?

    2) Why give money to the church? To become another victim in the system of “sucking out the Russian Orthodox Church (and not only) money”?

    3) How can a true atheist prove the existence of God and make him believe in some other power? That's right, only a visual manifestation of it, which is not present in our world.

    Conclusion: no, a true atheist will never turn into a believer.

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