First, I would recommend loosening them up. I find that most atheist types give some credence to science, but the science that dominates the field is old Newtonian physics. Most materialist beliefs are based in a worldview that predates the quantum revolution. So one thing that would be important would be to brush up on quantum physics. It is hard to find good resources, but they are out there. Avoid stuff like Deepak Chopra, Fred Allan Wolf, and Amit Goswami as it will only damage your credibility.
The Quantum Enigma is a good primer for a non-scientist written by physics professors:
You can also rely on smart atheists like Sam Harris to help do some of the work:
Rely on smart atheists like Sam Harris to do some of the heavy lifting for you:
I found that David Bentley Hart presents some good withering critiques of materialism in his book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness and Bliss. One powerful argument he uses is the pleonastic fallacy. He says that materialists believe that a sufficient number of quantitative steps can be sufficient to explain or justify a qualitative shift. In other words, matter is insentient, but if you get enough of it and arrange it is a certain way, suddenly we have consciousness, which is unlike matter is every way.
If you really want to push the issue with them, you can use age old Western skeptical arguments against materialists in the vein of Berkeley:
http://greg-goode.com/wp-content/upload ... ogue-1.pdf
Once you have undercut their attachment to their beliefs, you might begin by presenting evidence from science:
http://sfm.scienceformonks.org/ScienceP ... oduced.pdf
You may also wish to look into some of the cases investigated by Jim Tucker at the University of Virginia.
http://uvamagazine.org/articles/the_sci ... ncarnation
Vasana wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:54 amHere is an open question for all of you:
If a non-buddhist or atheist asks you why you believe in karma and rebirth, how would you reply to them?
I ask this because I'm at a junction where certain friends are noticing mebattempt to align with dharmic perspectives or behaviours instead of our 'business-as-usual', senseless worldy chatter. I must seem less friendly to them. I've tried to explain to them why it is that I'm making efforts to weaken my engrained habits of worldy chatter and 'off-colour' humour but they have expressed they think I'm claiming a moral high-ground or that I'm somehow 'limiting' myself by ascribing to my dharma views. This doesnt correspond with my experience but I find myself unsure of what to say to them so that there is mutual respect and understanding, even if it seems they're not really open to consider the views and implications of karma and transmigration any time soon.