Things are really taking off on this blog, and I'm really excited. But before we go too far, I wanted to ask a question that will bring to the front some background on both the debaters here. I think introductions are overdue.
Atheists, certainly THIS atheist, are often accused of being angry, arrogant, close-minded people. I did a blog on this here. It appears as though the atheist dismisses the argument out-of-hand, without really considering the idea. I don't think this is what is really happening. I think that the atheist has heard the argument before but the believer has never heard the rebuttal.
For example, in a comment, someone said that evolution works like putting parts in a box, shaking it, waiting, and out pops a watch. This is so common an argument that I should be surprised the poster has never heard why that statement is absurd. But I doubt that she has. I would not be surprised if she has no idea. This is what brings me to the question I've posed.
I am an apostate, not just an atheist. I attended 12 years of private catholic schools. I had multiple classes on the old and new testaments. I even attended something very similar to jesus camp. I know the bible. I know the claims of christianity. I know the arguments for christianity. These are reasons why I am an atheist today.
The first-cause argument, the ontological arguement, the argument from design, the cosmological argument, the lord-liar-lunatic argument, Pascal's wager, and a few others the titles of which I forget are all very familiar to me. I've held classes on them. I've argued both sides.
There was a Pew study about a year ago that showed that atheists and agnostics are FAR more knowledgable about religion than believers. I think this is because most atheists have at least heard some of the claims of christianity, and have found them lacking. However, I have found it is perfectly possible to be a believer, and never know why Pascal's wager fails. Some don't even know what it is.
So the question here is simple, yet I hope the answer is long. How familiar are you, Tim, on apologetics? Why are you a christian?
If you want to read my apostasy story, it's in three parts.
Part1, Jesus Camp
Part 2, Finding my religion
Part 3, Falisfiable Evidence