Atheists are often derided for arguing against the dumb arguments for God that we encounter every day. (Well, it makes sense - those are what we're hit in the face with. Those are the ones in the media, in things like school board meetings, in everyday conversations, and the ones that show up in our blog-comments.)
But many of us get slammed for not engaging with the arguments of the sophisticated theists. I've seen a couple of supposedly sophisticated arguments before, and not been impressed.
Now, Greta Christina takes on the best arguments for God.
(Well, they're framed as "questions for atheists", but they're basically a list of "but what about this?" arguments for God.)
And one thing really stands out. I can see the difference now.
What distinguishes the best arguments for god from those of the ordinary believer?
They're not in ALL-CAPS, 14-point purple Comic Sans, they're correctly spelled, and they show a passing acquaintance of grammar... apart from that, well... they're pretty much just slightly more polished versions of exactly the same arguments we see all the time.
That's all they got.
I am sad.