Different people are different, according to the Myers-Briggs typology. I am an INTP or sometimes INTJ. So are the majority of internet atheists, (2nd poll here, 3rd poll here)
The brief description of INTP seems like the total recipe for an atheistic skeptical online blogger:
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
INTJ, the larger half of the INT- atheist world also has a skeptical mindset:
My polar opposite, ESFJ, sounds like someone who would enjoy belonging to a church:
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
According to the way I was trained in Myers-Briggs at work, people can learn to develop the opposite qualities in themselves. I have scored almost 50-50 on all but "N" at various times since I first took the test ten years ago. During one training session my coworkers were shocked that I came up as an "I" because I'm sociable, and I was a manager in a people-oriented job. I learned to act "E" when I had to.
So... can Christians & other "irrational" believers learn to be more rational? Would they want to? Should we try to be more like them, or at least give some thought to how they think? ... oops, feel?
the rational group (NT) as being a minority: "Rationals are very scarce, comprising as little as 5 to 10 percent of the population. But because of their drive to unlock the secrets of nature, and to develop new technologies, they have done much to shape our world." This low percentage is similar to the low percentage of non-believers in the world. Perhaps this is why atheists are a minority: because other people have a totally different approach to life. We need to take this into account when communicating with them.
Just look at how "irrational" they are. They "have a personal relationship with God." They know that God is real because they feel something and they value their feelings more than their thoughts. They like belonging to a "faith community." (Just calling it a "church" isn't good enough anymore) The crazy extraverts will even go to megachurches to get all feely. They think that "trust" and "faith" are values that should be placed about reason and reality.
Take a look at our opposites, the SF's :
SFs tend to approach life and work in a warm people-oriented manner, liking to focus on realities and hands-on careers. They are often found in human services and in careers that require a sympathetic approach to people. They tend to be less interested in careers that require an analytical and impersonal approach to information and ideas. SFs are often found in the clergy, teaching, health care, child care, sales and office work, and personal services.
Clergy! Not a coincidence, I'm sure!
Maybe we need to track down some ESFP or ESFJ atheists and make them our spokespeople, instead of people like Richard Dawkins or other scientists expressing the atheist viewpoint. You don't have to rely on a rational approach to become an atheist. Or maybe rational NTs need to express why rationalism is more realistic in more touchy-feeling terms. Even if you think Myers-Briggs is bullshit, there's something to the dichotomy between rationalism and whatever isn't rationalism (if you call it "irrational" they'll be irrationally upset and post nasty rants to the comments here! Remember, they don't think).