Ok, I have a question directed especially to all the forum members who are atheists or agnostics (I seem to remember from the religion poll that they are the majority). Of course this does not mean that if you are not one you cannot respond. The question is as follows: while talking to a religious person, have you ever thought that what they were saying was just weird in a nutty, way out there way? The reason why I ask is that I am starting to be a little concerned - recently, I have bumped into a number of people who stared at me as if I had mentioned believing that aliens rule the world with the aid of three-headed dogs upon referencing the standard Christian idea that one's major goal in life should be understanding their true calling as planned by God and work toward its fulfillment. I am starting to wonder whether this may be just due to a problem of communication and/or shared culture, in the sense that some concepts from what used to be run-of-the-mill religion are starting to be viewed in the public eye in the same way as, say, Scientology's claims. So I am really interested in knowing which religious assumptions and points strike the non-religious as crazy, rather than merely wrong.