Sometimes talking to a theist feels like talking to a banana. Some theists just seem to lack the basic critical thinking and communication skills that would allow for any decent dialogue. Every theist should avoid the following comments when engaging in discussion with atheists.
About the Author
I grew up in East Texas and now resides in San Antonio. I am the grandson of a Pentecostal preacher and have a sister who is a born again Christian. I am also the proud father of a twelve year old daughter. I studied for my AA while living in Seattle, focusing on mathematics, journalism and philosophy. It was during this time that I studied the religions of Islam, Buddhism and Taoism. Each of them seemed just as empty as any other religion. I have been a member of the online atheist community for over ten years.
Should we prepare for the oncoming onslaught of evil crab people plotting our annihilation? Why don't Christians convert to Buddhism so they can find nirvana and avoid being reincarnated as oak trees? Is it even possible to choose a belief just in case it might be right? Pascal's wager fails on every level and here's why.
As an atheist, it gets a little tiring hearing the same old generalized accusations over and over again. By going over some of them, perhaps some theists might learn to stop making such generalizations about atheists. Here are the top ten I’ve encountered.
What do Black Sabbath, Beyonce and Benjamin Franklin all have in common? They’ve all been accused of producing evil music. Claims of Satanic music go back long before the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, and are still with us today. Such claims only serve to stereotype theists as bumbling idiots.
Many Muslims claim Muhammad was illiterate and thus the Quran must be divine. These Muslims claim that if no one is able to produce something like what is found in the Quran, that the Quran must be from Allah. But what criteria are used to judge those who attempt to meet this challenge? What does the Quran itself say about the challenge? Does the challenge itself even make sense?