What to do with door-to-door missionaries

Ian’s talking about Jehovah’s Witnesses, others have talked about Mormons, but I think there are a few ground rules that apply to both. This is not a debate, it’s more like a sales pitch (for lack of a better word). Here’s a crass analogy: If you went to the Ford dealer and tried to convince that, not only was his product wrong for you, it was wrong for him too and that he should switch to Toyota, well I don’t think you’d get too far. People trying to promote a particular idea/worldview/religion aren’t in it for debating points – they may want some spirited questions, they may engage you if they think that your debating is an outward manifestation of an inward struggle to accept their truths – but debate in itself is not important. The questions they ask will be like those of an attorney, they are trying to lead you to the answer that they already have in mind.

Defend what you have to defend, but accept that if you score more “points,” they won’t throw down their tracts and join you.