Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Things atheists should consider when debating Christians
From http://carm.org/, a religious website. I found this immensely humorous. Enjoy!
- Understanding what you attack - This is a huge one for atheists. They attack Christianity and, in my opinion, frequently fail to understand what they are criticizing.
- Learn biblical theology - A lot of answers to objections can be found in basic Christian theology. For example, the Trinity is not three gods. Jesus has two natures: divine and human. Justification is a legal act and sin is a legal problem.
- Learn from correction - When a faulty understanding of Christianity is corrected, they very often deny the correction and defend their error.
- Don’t be stupid, a tough one for them. But you can do it if you strain yourselves.
- Don’t use incendiary statments - like the one I used in point 4 above. It was an example of what not to do since it raises emotional blocks that prevent rational discourse. (I have to admit I struggle with this one when dealing with atheists. I guess you can say that I’m jaded after all my dialogues with them — something I have to work on.)
- Don’t use emotionally laden terminology - This only detracts from the argument. For example, atheists will use terms like magic, magic sky god, christian fantasy, christian mythology, etc., when attacking Christianity. Such terms only close the doors of communication.
- Be respectful to what we believe - You don’t have to agree with Christianity. But you need to realize that if you, for example, insult Jesus our Savior, all you do is make yourself look bad, get people defensive, and make atheists, as a whole, look like obstreperous2 twits.
- Use logic and evidence - when attempting to refute Christianity.
- Read biblical passages in context - It seems that atheists refuse to do this and just jump on a standard “contradictions” without researching the context
- Don’t cut and paste from anti-Christian websites - Too often atheists want others to do their thinking and research for them so they cut and paste really bad, poorly researched stuff from other sites.