Thank you Lyman Reed for your post about spiritual atheism.
I think he makes a good point about the danger of organized religion becoming more about the beliefs, and the religion, than the individual. Evangelism stems from the idea that, "if it works for me, shouldn't it work for everyone. And, why doesn't everyone see what is so obvious to me...what saved me?"
I've had this viewpoint with non-religious topics. I eventually realized, that even though I wasn't talking about God, or Heaven, or whatever, I was essentially taking the same view that bothered me so much about door-to-door religious salespeople. And what bothered me about organized religion, and parents raising their children in a religion without giving room to question, and so many other things about religions that have names attached to them.
The viewpoint of "making everyone see what is so clear to me" is human nature. Why, then, is religious pandering any more annoying than say, cultural, materialistic or stylistic evangelism? It's all the same. Once I figured that out, it was like a weight lifted from me. I no longer felt the weight of others trying to change me, and I no longer felt the need to change anyone else.
Be open about my passions, yes. But at the same time, be inspired by the passions of others - even if they aren't the same.
I suppose, it's not universal, and there are lines I draw in the sand of how close I'll let someone else's enthusiasm for something affect me (and vice versa). But now I get it, since I've been there, and I can identify with the feelings that flood our systems when converting others to our way of thinking. I suppose, in the end, empathy is the way to enlightenment.