As the title says..."what's your favourite question to ask a theist"?
You may have many favourites...I would like to hear from you guys about yours.
I have a personal favourite which I often use when they start spouting their spew that GOD wrote the bible at the beginning of time, he created everything....
"OK. If GOD wrote the BIBLE at the beginning of time like you say...some 14.5 BILLION, that's BILLION years ago, What language was it written in?"
Most theists I know don't even know what language JESUS spoke. It's sad really.
Another of my favourites is this one...
"Why did it take GOD 10 BILLION years to make the planet EARTH and then a further 4.5 BILLION years to make MAN?"
There's always a spewy reply of some sort or another which usually gets my goat and the theist is appalled at my outburst of laughter.
So come on you guys....let 'em have it....share your ammo with us.
Why is He a He? Where are his testicles? How can an ethereal being have a gender? Seriously, that is a big objection of mine. I would have the same argument if God were said to be a female, but that's not the point. It is highly suspicious to me that your God is the same gender as those who were in power and literate at the time.
It's hard to imagine the cause for his prejudice against women for being particularly morally weak, then.
Also, where is the scriptural justification for an asexual Yahweh?
Well, you believe men and women have spirits, so you don't believe in sexed spirits. If a man and wife meet in Heaven, what are they then? Just friends, not man and wife?
Does that mean my wives will get to fight over me - again --?
@Paul McKinney - you mean Jesus was a hermaphrodite!?!
At first I read "hermaphrodite" as "homosexual," in which case I was going to ask if he was a pitcher or catcher, a spitter or swallower.
I believe that, in the day, the correct euphemism was 'bone smuggler'.
Gosh Unseen, you sure seem to know an awful lot about that kind of stuff --
RE: "Obviously God doesn't have a gender." - they why did he have a wife, Asherah?
'God doesn't have a gender.' But theists refer to 'it' by a male pronoun 'him/he/lord/master'. Why? Another charming convention that aspires to some form of knowledge, but comes up short?
'Neither do angels'. But again some angels are referred to my male pronouns. Why?
Paul, you sadden me - when faced with the most illogical stories, concocted thousands upon thousands of years ago by itinerant sheep herders, who knew nothing of how the world works, and who passed the stories along by word of mouth through countless generations, probably the least reliable method of disseminating information, you, a modern, 21st century man, with at least enough intelligence to be able to operate a computer, still stick to that story.
"If a man, holding a belief which he was taught in childhood, or persuaded of afterward, keeps down and pushes away any doubts which arise about it in his mind, purposely avoids the reading of books and the company of men that call in question or discuss it...the life of that man is one long sin against mankind."
-- William Kingdon Clifford --