Arguments Must Persuade
No matter how logically valid an argument is, if it does not persuade, it is not a good argument. The essential problem is Christians hold their beliefs not because they think they are true but because:
- They believe they will possibly be tortured for eternity if they reject them.
- Mom told them they were true when they were so young they believed everything mom said without question.
- The ideas make them feel good.
- They think other people will behave better if they believe. (Forget science which shows the opposite. Forget logic which shows the opposite.)
- Their friends claim to believe them and would reject people who do not.
An effective atheist argument has to take those five motives into account, not just show how irrational Christian beliefs are.~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)