As a former nihilist myself, I totally agree with you about it being a spiritual trap. Those few years in my life were easily the most spiritually destructive.
It isn't all that surprising that atheists don't know much about the history of Christianity. Why after all should it interest them? But it is a lot more surprising that Christians rarely trouble about it either - yourself being an exception of course. I concede your point about atheist ignorance, but I put it to you that the faithful know if anything even less about where their ideas and concepts come from.
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