Atheist: You look so content. Have you grilled another theologian for breakfast? Or did you heat up a Christian for your lunch?
Satan: Both, my friend.
Atheist: I have often wondered how you catch Buddhists. After all, they do not believe the sort of thing Christians believe, so you can't undermine their faith.
Satan: I get them to fall out of love with the world.
Atheist: By dangling beautiful women in front of ascetics?
Satan: Not necessarily. Their aim is to fall out of love with the world. I try to show them that suffering is worthwhile.
Atheist: That’s what I said; women.
Satan: That works only with the least interesting cases. The others I try to interest in some cause, some task, some mission. I may even persuade them to spread their knowledge to as many men as possible. As soon as I have kindled some ambition I generally do not find it too hard to involve men in all sorts of compromises. But there are other ways.
Atheist: Just name one more.
Satan: Sometimes I try to lead then from detachment into callousness and indifference to the suffering of others. But that only works in the early stages. Once a Buddhist has developed his particular detached compassion he represents one of the hardest cases I know. A Christian theologian is child's play compared to that.