An atheist says that there is no God. An agnostic says that there may or may not be; he doesn’t know. How may you turn an atheist into an agnostic in just five minutes? It is important in that the person who says that there may be a God has taken the first step needed for salvation. We should lead him further to a full acceptance of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
I am amused at the attempt of an atheist to be condescending intellectually toward those who believe in God. They are really not that smart. In his best selling book, Philosophy For Dummies, Dr. Tom Morris lists his selection of the ten greatest philosophers of all time. (Note: philosophy is the study of knowledge.) First on the list is Socrates; last is Bertrand Russell. Nine of the ten “greatest thinkers of all time” believed in God. Only Bertrand Russell did not.
You may use this shallow intellectualism of the atheist to actually turn him into an agnostic. Simply ask: “Do you know all there is to know about everything?” Intellectually, he must respond by saying he does not. You then ask: “Is it possible that realities exists beyond your circle of knowledge?” Intellectually, he must respond by saying yes. You then conclude by saying: “Is it correct to say, that beyond your circle of knowledge, realities may exist, including God?” Intellectually, he must answer in the affirmative.
At this point, you begin to gently lead him toward God and finally, the Son of God.
To believe that nothing times nobody equals everything takes a lot of blind faith!