A brilliant arguer

From the IAmAnAtheist.com feedback form:

I respect your opinion, but I disagree. I am a Christian, and I believe in God. I am not going to try and convince you that God exists, but I would like to say that anyone who uses the arguments you provided for the existence of God should just keep their mouths shut. That person obviously has no philosophical understanding. I have no degree in philosophy. As a matter of fact, I am a journalism student; However, I am very intelligent, and would never stoop so low as to provide arguments completely devoid of all intelligence. If I were you, I would continue being an athiest if this was all I was faced with. There are plenty of sound, philosophical arguments I could provide you with, but I haven’t the time now, as a matter of fact, I was researching for a paper I am writing in philosophy class about the existence of God, when I stumbled upon this site. I don’t like to brag (really, I don’t), but I happen to be an excelent writer and a brilliant arguer, so, if you would like to corrospond with me, and discuss some of these arguments, you have my email address. If not, I understand, and you will not hear from me again.

I agree that there are some people (on both sides of the theism/atheism issue) who really have no business arguing their opinion because they have such a shallow knowledge of their own beliefs. I also have no degree in philosophy, but I would be very interested in hearing your best argument for the existence of a deity. I don’t claim to be a brilliant arguer so I may not be able to offer much of a response, but I promise to do my best.

Update

The following day, I received this reply:

I am letting you know I got your reply. I will get back to you, though I cannot say exactly when because I am very busy. I also cannot promise I will remember. I check my email only about once per week, unless I am expecting something. So if I do forget, I will see your email saved in my inbox and that will remind me. I could be a while, but I will do my best.

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Discussion, Evidence

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  1. Written by Stephen
    on March 27, 2011 at 9:58 am
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    Tearing that message down would be too easy,..

    “… excelent writer…”, but not so good with spelling, grammar and general structure.

    “I am a journalism student; However, I am very intelligent,…”, so most journalism students are not?

    “There are plenty of sound, philosophical arguments I could provide you with, but I haven’t the time now,…”, When? When, please let me know when. I would love to hear these arguments from a very intelligent person who does not like to brag (really, they don’t).

    “If not, I understand,…” Understand what? I guess I don’t get it because I am not a very intelligent person.

    In all fairness I would like to hear their arguments for theism. I trust this person’s belief in a deity is honest and that point of view alone is almost always worth my time when someone wants to explore their reasoning.

  2. Written by Ed
    on May 9, 2011 at 4:03 am
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    Is it wrong to just say “fucking idiots” and be done with arguing nonsense with fucking idiots?

  3. Written by Tom_M
    on May 28, 2011 at 5:43 am
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    Ed, beware of traps one lays for oneself.

    If one doesn’t believe in a deity (in particular a single godhead, as in the Christian case), then one has to accept that all people are equal because they’re born into the same circumstances {the world} and are faced with the same challenges (albeit not necessarily to the same degree at the same point in their maturation development).

    If one calls another “fool”, then one is liable to be brushed with the same label. Are you not?

    • Written by Zach
      on May 28, 2011 at 7:26 am
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      I don’t think being born into a world without a god necessarily means that everyone is born equal (nor would the reverse necessarily be true). However, regardless of whether god exists, it is pretty hubristic to assume that you and only you have the truth, especially without trying to understand the other side(s). This is true for atheists as well as theists.

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