It is important that Christians challenge the arguments made by those who attack Christianity in the public square with arguments that are based in reason and demonstrate God’s love for all human beings. As I have gone over the different arguments over the years, it has always been my intention to make a compendium of the basic arguments that I have seen and my responses to them. Here then is my list of atheist arguments organized by author.
Was an author and journalist who was originally from the United Kingdom before he moved to the United States. The author of many books including God is Not Great, he was my favorite atheist. I am sorry that he is gone.
- He argued that the cross is a barbaric human sacrifice. I counter this argument in my post The Nature of the Atonement.
- He argued that miracles do not prove anything. I discussed his argument in my post Impervious to Evidence: Hitchens and Hume.
- He argued that Jesus’ command to “turn the other cheek” is evil because it would allow evil regimes to go unchecked. I discuss this argument in my post Is Turning the Other Cheek Evil?
- He argued that “judge not” was an evil commandment because it would allow people like Charles Manson to roam free. I discuss this argument in my post Hitchens and Judge Not.
- He argued that faith was not a virtue. I argue that faith is the highest of virtues in, “The Importance of Faith”.
- He issued a challenge to theists. I answer his challenge in my post “Answering the Christopher Hitchens Challenge“.
- He argued that human history as revealed by archaeology and other sciences is incompatible with Christianity. I answer his questions in “Hitchens and Human History“.
The articulate and thoughtful author of The End of Faith, Dr. Harris has a degree in neuroscience but his arguments tend to attack difficulties with the faith.
- He argues that the cross is a barbaric human sacrifice. I counter this argument in my post The Nature of the Atonement.
- He argues that Christianity is “the perfection of narcissism”. I counter this argument in my post The Accusation of Narcissism.
- He argues that the suffering of children proves that God is either impotent or evil. I attempt to answer this accusation in Suffer the Children. I also attempt to counter this argument in my essay, “Explaining the Ocean of Suffering“.
- He and Richard Dawkins argue that science has torpedoed the concept of free will. I discuss these issues in “Free Will Illusions“, “Harris and Dawkins Argue Against Free Will“, “Free Will Arguments” and “The Evil and Anti-Science Teaching of Sam Harris“.
- He argues that God seems inordinately interested in what we do while naked. I have explained why this is in “God’s Purpose for Sex“.
The worlds most prominent atheist, Richard Dawkins is an Oxford professor and author of many books including: The God Delusion, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable and The Selfish Gene.
- He argues that Christianity is just one religion among many. I counter this argument in my post Jesus Christ the One and Only.
- He argues that complexity is required for intelligence and that evolution can explain the origin of complex things from simple things. I question the validity of his assumptions in my post Does Intelligence Require Complexity? I took another look at this argument in my post Self Existence vs Intelligence.
- He argues that Christians are “cherry picking” when they find good morality in the Bible. I discuss my approach to this problem in Quantum Mechanics in Kindergarten. I take another look at this argument in “The Ultimate Authority“.
- He and Sam Harris argue that science has torpedoed the concept of free will. I discuss these issues in “Free Will Illusions“, “Harris and Dawkins Argue Against Free Will” and “Free Will Arguments“.
- He argues that atheism could never lead anyone to do evil. I help him understand how it is possible that it could in “Richard Dawkins and Atheistic Morality“.
- In his book, The Blind Watchmaker he argues that many of the features of the biological world make no sense if God created us but make perfect sense if all life is the product of a purposeless process. I discuss this argument in my essay “The Personal Incredulity Argument“.
- He argues that Christians are atheists with regard to every other god and that atheists just go one god further. I respond to his argument in “One Integer Further“.
- He argues that the God of the Old Testament is awful. I answer his accusation in my post “Atheistic Bedrock“.
- He has a brief discussion on the many difficulties of explaining sexual reproduction from an evolutionary perspective.
- He did a television series on his book The God Delusion and I have answered the arguments made in that book in three parts: “Self Existence vs Intelligence“, “The Power of Death” and “Detecting God“.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Popular author, astrophysicist and television personality, Neil deGrasse Tyson brings a rare combination of wit, charisma, charm and intelligence to the debate between atheists and theists.
- He argues that the universe has no purpose. I discuss his argument in my post, Atheism with a Smiling Face.
A liberal New Testament scholar who teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Ehrman argues against the reliability of Scripture.
- Dr. Ehrman argues that the two books that claim to be authored by the Apostle Peter are Forged, I examine his scholarship in my essay “Bart Ehrman’s Forged“.
- Dr. Ehrman argues that Scripture is unreliable because the books of the New Testament were not selected by some kind of vote in the early church, but by an organic process where competing groups of Christian believers each had their own set of canonical books and the successful groups established the canon. I examine this argument in my essay, “Bart Ehrman and Religion Soup“.
A scientist who runs a YouTube channel, Thunderfoot seems to focus on debunking young earth arguments.
- He argues that belief in the Old Testament is immoral because of the genocides found in the Old Testament. I have answered this objection in my post “Thunderfoot Channels Christopher Hitchens“.
When I come across an argument from an atheist who is unknown, I throw it into this section.
- An atheist argued that the fact that brain damage causes personality change to be convincing proof of atheism. I discuss this argument in “Brain Damage and the Soul“.
- Many atheists demand evidence before they will believe. I have outlined the evidence for Christianity in my post, “The Demand for Evidence“.
- Many atheists argue that Christians have the burden of proof in the God debate. I address this issue in ‘Atheists, Axiomatic Truths and the Burden of Proof“.
- A correspondent with the handle “Drexus” has argued that human beings don’t need God to know morality. I have answered his argument in “The Need for a Vision“.