So this series of posts got a relatively low level of page views/comments, and I’m trying to figure out why. I wouldn’t care, except that this is planned to be a book chapter, and I don’t want to put out a book with one chapter that stinks. Did people think, “Looks interesting, but I don’t have time to read something that long right now”? Did the writing style seem off? Or maybe I just needed a better lead paragraph, something like:
Stephen F. Roberts said, “I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” Some atheist books will have a list of top 10 reasons not to believe in God. But I’d rather have one really good reason, and if I had to pick one, that quote from Roberts’ would be it. And though I’ll discuss a couple other arguments in later chapters, that will be the focus of this chapter. Along the way, I’ll also be responding to a number of criticisms of atheism, from “here’s the proof for my religion!” to “you atheists should really be more respectful.” My goal is that even if this chapter doesn’t turn you into an atheist, by the end you’ll at least better understand the attitude many atheists have towards religion. I don’t think that will be hard, because we’re really not so different.
Anyway, please give me feedback on this.