My arguments aren’t reasonable! Checkmate, atheist!

I get this type of comment from believers a lot, most recently from a chap named Bob Hunt who didn’t like Glodson’s glorious take down of the first cause argument:

Mr/Ms. Glodson,

Atheism is irrational because the classic arguments against the existence of God are arguments from faith, not reason.
You have many good questions re: the First Cause Argument. I’m afraid, however, that your response betrays a basic understanding of Aquinas’ argument. I work nights, so I’m only getting home recently and finding your post. I’ll get back to you on that.
I do enjoy respectful, meaningful conversations with those who think differently than I. I hope you do, too.

I just don’t get it.  How can you lead off with “my arguments are not based on reason” and still think you’re in the argument?  Hell, Hunt clearly thinks announcing that his arguments aren’t reasonable gives him a leg up!

Faith is simply poison to the minds of liberals and fundamentalists alike, even if the poison isn’t quite as debilitating in some.  But they all think faith is a good justification for believing the most outlandish things.  In a just world, they’d all be embarrassed.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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