Questions for atheists

For those of you who like to read my blog, you’ll know I like to take answer these “Questions for atheists” lists that believers publish. They seem to think that these questions are clever, insightful and sure to stump any atheist. More often than not they are actually the opposite. Inane questions that are filled to the brim with presuppositions, lack of current scientific understanding and extremely leading are the norm. Nothing that would stump most atheists because we’ve thought about all these things and more often that not, that’s why we’re atheists.

The following list apparently appears in Dr. Norman Geisler’s book “Conversational Evangelism” and if it’s any indication of the quality of rest of the book, my advice would be to steer clear of this title. So without further ado, here is the list of “clever” questions for atheists!

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Theists and logic

If you’ve ever had a debate with someone who is defending his/her faith, you know that it is near impossible to convince a theist to critically examine their position of faith. When you’re an atheist, you usually value reason and logic so you rely on those in a debate. This is the point where your debate begins to break down because theists don’t use reason and logic to support their position. They may say they do but if they actually did, there would be no more theists. Here are a few examples from a recent debate I had, illustrating why theists and logic are a bad combination.

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Book review: “Atheist Tiki Hour”

The book “Atheist Tiki Hour” popped up in my Twitter feed a couple of days ago, as a result of me following the author. She goes by the nickname of “Logospilgrim” on Twitter and pretty much anywhere else you care to look for her. As it turns out, she has her own WordPress blog as well. I promised her a review when I finished reading so without further ado, here is my review of “Atheist Tiki Hour, your guide to a secular blast”.

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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

A great article from brainpickings.org, on ways to detect bullshit and fortify your ability to think critically. An inoculation against baloney. A must-read in my opinion. Taken from Carl Sagan’s “The Demon-haunted World“.

Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood.

Source: The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking