Q: Atheists: Could you argue IN FAVOR of Theism?
This is more a poll about debate skills than principles. I know from my own debate experience that I rely on the rules of logic to form a sound argument. I also think that I can argue from either side of most debates effectively…with the exception of creationism. That one is lost on me.
So, how confident are the atheists on R&S in those debate skills?
Can you argue from the other side? If yes, I’d love to see a brief summary of the argument…look for mine in the additional details.
The argument, specifically, would be in advocacy of belief in a particular model of a supernatural creator. No “a god could exist” cop-outs…but I will leave the exact model open for your discretion.
Theists, you’re welcome to join in the fun here, and argue from atheism (as a lack of belief, not a belief that no god exists)…but I do plan on giving you your very own follow-up question…
Best answer awarded to most sound argument either from the other side, or presented as an explanation to why no argument can be formed from the other side.
A: As a former theist, I have no problem seeing things from their perspective. I believe that they come about their decision rationally, though I believe their final assumptions are irrational. That is not to say they are stupid, crazy, or anything like that. The truth is most people come about their decisions using a rational viewpoint. The problem comes when rational decisions are based on irrational logic or factually incorrect beliefs.
If you look outside and see that the sky is black, you may rationally conclude that the sky is black. And who could argue with that fact? At night the sky is, in fact, black. When the sun comes up the next day and the sky turns out to be blue, this doesn’t mean that you came about your assumption irrationally; it just means that your perception was flawed and it led you do an incorrect belief.
Considering the apparent evidence that theists give for the existence of God, I can see why they would be led to believe. Our brains tell us to believe, so we interpret everything we see through that lens. And if a lens has a flaw, even someone with perfect vision will see the world through obscured eyes.