How Not To Persuade An Atheist
Christians usually present arguments they find convincing to persuade atheists. This is a waste of time. It is counterproductive because using such ineffective tactics labels the Christian as a nitwit. Here are some of the things not to do:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
Quote scriptureThe temptation is great. To a Christian, the bible is the ultimate authority. To an atheist, the bible is just another book of fiction, like Harry Potter. None of Jesus’ 121 contemporary historians corroborate it. Every time it discusses science, it gets it wrong. There are thousands of inconsistencies. It contains no information the creator of the universe would have to know.
Threaten eternal tortureThere is no evidence this threat is real. It is part of a con the church uses to extort money. The Christian comes off like a Mafioso, destroying his credibility and moral authority.
Argue You Need GodArgue that you could not bear to live in a universe without a capricious supreme dictator. Lack of a deity does not bother an atheist. He may well prefer it that way. The universe is full of things that are both true and false and that you like and detest. There is no reason at all that something you detest cannot be so. There is no reason at all something you would like must exist. To think otherwise is childish and monstrously self-centred.
Argue that atheists rape and murderThis is insulting to the atheist you are trying to persuade. It is clearly not true. You rarely find atheists in prison. Norwegians (who are nearly all atheist) have the world’s lowest crime rate. Christians believe that crimes can be neutralised with some ecclesiastic magic. Christians believe that you cannot really kill people. So naturally they commit more murders than atheists. The more religious people are, the more likely they are to sexually and physically abuse their children.
Argue the Need For A CauseThe notion that every action requires a cause was found to be untrue way back in the 1800s. We first discovered radioactive atoms spontaneously decay without cause. Then we discovered that particles at the quantum scale spontaneously pop into and out of existence randomly, without cause.
Obsolete ScienceCharles Darwin published Origin Of Species on 1859-11-24. In the intervening 158 years we have discovered all kinds of new information supporting it and filling in the holes in evolution. Darwin had never even heard of Mendelian genetics, much less DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid). Yet Christians persist in using ancient science, and endlessly debunked arguments to refute evolution. If you want to debate a topic in science, you have to stay current to within a least 30 years.