So, I just finished my first online live debate with a Christian, and I gotta say, it was rather disappointing.
The victim was Youtube's TruthfulChristian. Some of you might know him. He's basically an evolution-bashing Christian creationist. Sort of like venomfangx.
Most of you probably know how excruciatingly painful it is to try to get any new knowledge into a creationist's head, and I actually started to doubt if he was being serious.
We began talking about why he believed in God. He used the Cosmological Argument, where he argues that every event has a cause, and since his second premise was the time is finite, there can not be an infinite string of events. Therefore, he concluded, that there must be a first cause. And that cause was, according to him, the Judeo-Christian God. There are many things here to refute, but I started with his premise that time is not infinite, and told him that he had no basis for that premise. While it is logical and comfortable to assume that time is finite, there really is no evidence to back that claim up. Of course, I couldn't knock sense into him.
Eventually, I agreed that time is finite, for the sake of argument, and that there was a fist cause. My following question was, "How do you know what that cause was?". He never really responded, but instead started reciting Genesis. When I made it clear that he was using circular logic to conclude what the first cause was, he took the natural next step of calling me stupid.
I told him that believing in God made just as much sense as believing in Zeus, Odin, Krishna, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He then again called me stupid, claiming that I believed in the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Suddenly, he decided that he wasn't comfortable talking about cosmology anymore, and abruptly changed the subject to evolution. Now, I'm no expert on evolution, but I suspected that neither was he, and that he wouldn't present any argument that I hadn't heard before. What came out of his mouth from that point on, though, surprised me, to say the least.
He said that there hasn't been a single observed beneficial mutation. When I enlightened him about the fact that there were hundreds, just within the human race, he, well, just kinda ignored me.
After a while, he told me what I was already suspecting, that he was a biblical literalist. He based this on his belief that the Bible is scientifically correct as well as it contains prophesy.
One of his main arguments was that the Bible said the Earth was round in a time that people thought it was flat. Specifically, he pointed to the verse Isaiah 40:22, that says "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth". I pointed out that the Earth isn't circular, and he then did something that made me laugh out loud. He said that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Earth is circular. I was stunned. How would anyone ignore the evidence that they, themselves have presented. Eventually though, he did admit that the Bible does say what he just said, and resorted to the common apology, "it's metaphorical". He didn't get time to explain what the metaphor was for before he suddenly left, but I'm sure it would have been pretty retarded.
I guess I just kinda wanted to get my frustration out there, to see if someone has had experience with someone that ignorant.
PS: There are probably a lot of errors in there, but I'm sure you understand the context.