Arguing with Atheists: A Personal Reflection

Friday, 29 Feb 2008

Firstly, we must acknowledge that, whilst for some people there are profound intellectual questions, for many there is a deep-seated emotional and psychological reaction to God, perhaps caused by some form of religious abuse or maybe just good old-fashioned sin.
"What do you think of Van Tillian presuppositionalism?" asked the earnest young man in a Starbucks café situated in the Borders store in Leeds, England. Not exactly the question I was expecting at an outreach event discussing atheism. "It's okay," I replied, "as long as you don't take it too seriously." Wrong answer. The next 15 minutes were taken up with this earnest young Christian trying to explain in the most animated terms why I had just wasted my time coming to Leeds to speak in a secular bookstore to people who, ...

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