"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…"
"If I may, I'd like to throw in a word of caution - if your dad is, as you say, a 'die-hard Christian', you are never going to 'convert' him anyway. If I was in your position I would not go for the head-on debate with him, I…"
"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