"I remember from my time as a Christian that if anyone pressed me too hard on why and what I believed, I tended to back away. Putting your faith on the line in an atheist forum is tough for most believers, in fact there are only a tiny minority who…"
"Haha, Smiley posted her own credo, which was rather sweet, and I then posted something like "I went through exactly what you're going through, 25years ago", summarizing my Christian experience and how I subsequently lost my religion.…"
"Yes I guessed this figure would be way off. I suppose he could argue it is still a majority, however. I think I dealt with his points ok though. Hopefully some of his 291 Facebook friends will now have some food for thought."
"OK here's what I came up with to answer Kerby's 5 points (thanks to Atheist Ninja for the suggestion about the argumentum ad populum and Misty for the tip about Dr. Spock):
"The core issue is whether god exists" - spot on. But…"
"Very nice, Ninja :) and definitely short and pithy as requested! But as my objective in this debate is to get some of this guy's other friends thinking (he's basically a lost cause, but he 'ministers' to seekers of truth,…"
"There are five logical fallacies of God's existence that are insubstantial -- meaning as you know that they can be independently laughed at by anyone.
1.) Bare assertion fallacy
2.) Argumentum ad populum
3.) fallacy of composition
"OK now the person whose page it is has finally responded with his best shots, which are all laughably weak. I don't think I'll have too much problem responding to these, but feel free to give me some suggestions, preferably short and…"