I was wondering if anyone had come across or developed any particular thought-exercises that relayed particular points, or drove home particular concepts to theistic debate opponents.
As an example, in debating against someone who adamantly argued that atheism was necessarily a "learned" trait, I framed up a simple scenario that had him sputtering and dodging in every reply he made after that went something like:
Let's say we somehow gather up all religious texts and hide them completely away, and the next coming generation of children we guide in absolutely no way theistically. We don't inform them or deny them the idea of god, we don't give them any instruction as to our origins, etc. How many of those children do you think could possibly come to all the same conclusions as exist in Christianity and The Bible as the truth? And then think about how many would be atheists.
There was basically nothing coherent that could be said in retort. It was all too obvious what would happen when you stopped to think in those terms. Zero children under those conditions could even possibly dream up Christianity, and a good deal of them would very easily lack belief in any sort of god concept - handily displaying that it is most certainly theism of any stripe that is the "learned" trait. This could obviously work for any "revealed" religion, or any religions that have a canon of specific textual/spoken data as their core doctrine from which to teach.
Anyway - was thinking it would be great to have more of these under my belt, and figured I'd ask and start by sharing one.
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