how to persuade a Christian to become an atheist." Sadness to see people spreading yet more misinformation on the internet (surprise, surprise) and amusement to see how they have simply taken the pages from "how to persuade an atheist to become a Christian" and turned some things around. The graphics are kind of creepy and the logic is, well, absent, but the methodology is generic "how to persuade person X of argument Y."
One has to wonder why an atheist would want to convert a Christian to atheism, other than for the sake of meanness. A Christian is charged with spreading the Gospel - not so the atheist, who has no gospel. A Christian is charged to help his fellow man by educating him and correcting him when he is in trouble - not so the atheist who has no duty to his fellow man. The Christian can argue that more Christians in the world makes the world a better place in terms of peace and taking care of the poor. The atheist make desire company, but historically atheists have not known to be the most charitable peaceful people. So any reason the atheist has for evangelization would be personal preference based on an unconscious "Christian" desire to "help" others based on cultural surroundings or upbringing, rather than a tenet of his "faith."
I thought it would be interesting to see two people who have read these respective instructions go "head to head." So it occurred to me it might be fun to take this to the next level. "How to persuade an atheist who is trying to persuade a Christian to become an atheist to become a Christian." With that in mind, here are my responses to the responses to the questions in the Christian -> Atheist article. I've copied some of the text, and edited or paraphrased it for brevity. The question part (in bold) is what is asked by the Christian. The normal text is the suggested response, and my rebuttal is in bold italics).
What existed before the big bang?
- We don't know yet.
- Another theory is that our Universe exists as part of a much larger multiverse.
Order can't come from chaos, entropy wouldn't allow that.
- Chaos and entropy describe different things. Entropy can be locally reversed.
Life couldn't come into existence by mere coincidence.
- It didn't.
Life is too complicated to happen through mere coincidence and random events.
- Evolution provides a mechanism that is anything but random or coincidental.
If people don't believe in God, where do they get their morality from?
- It should scare you to think that the fear of Hell is the only thing stopping the Christian from committing atrocities.
If God doesn't exist why does most of the world believe? (Argumentum ad populum}
- Just because a majority of people in a group or the entire world believe something does not make it automatically true.
Something can't come from nothing. (Cosmological Argument)
- If it is possible for a god to be uncaused then it is possible for the universe to be uncaused.
The Bible proves God exists. Why would so many people write about God if it wasn't true? (Argumentum ad Verecundiam, Circular reasoning, Tautology)
- Any critical examination of the Bible will clearly show it to be full of inaccuracies and contradictions.
The universe and life show clear signs of design.
- Life reproduces and mutates by itself. The same cannot be said of an inanimate object.