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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Atheist Rule For Debating
I've been married for 16 years.
Do you know what they have in common?
When you argue, you will never be told you are right. Never. Ever. Ever.
We've all seen it, Atheists will wade into discussions with Christians, Jews, or Muslims. The Atheist will say something like, "Water is wet," and take out charts, studies, and a well planned rhetorical defense of the water is wet hypothesis. The other person (we are still talking about Atheists - not my marriage) may make ludicrous statements like, "Water is only wet to you," or "You are so intolerant of other peoples' perception of water," and of course, "Why are you so angry at water?"
I prefer verbal jui-jitsu most of the time (unless drunk). My strategy is to go all Secret Squirrel and try to slip in an Atheist meme to the Theist (doubt is a good place to start). Don't get me wrong, I argue. It's just that I realize that even in a discussion that I "win" the other person will not admit it. Their opinion/behavior may change and that's ultimately what the goal is. I have gone for the, "I need you to tell me I'm right," and that has always ended in disaster (now I maybe talking about my marriage).
When in a group of people my tactics change. What I'm most concerned about is the audience's perception. I may be having an Atheist-Theist discussion with only one person, but my real goal is to persuade the onlookers. It's not really about arguing with the Theist in these situations as much as communicating to the crowd how cool and accessible Atheism is. It goes without saying that you still won't be told you're right. That's OK. When you have successfully reached out to people and they "get it" - that's the reward.
Me? I have no problem with saying you're right...
as long as you agree with me.
What would you expect?
Other posts you may like:
Who Is God Angry At Now?
Me and The Stupid Stick
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda