So, how do you state things in ways that forcefully attack the ideas without attacking the person?
General Essays: -- Topics that relate to religious belief in general
Christianity: -- Topics specifically related to Christianity
Islam: -- Topics specifically related to Islam
Challenges: -- Responses to arguments and frequent challenges
References: -- Useful bits of information that should be readily available
I’ll be posting more essays, tactics, and general references in the near future.
Many of these arguments will be fairly unique, or at least use a unique approach.
The main point of this website is not the arguments in particular; although by themselves it should be an interesting repository — especially if you are just starting out.
Feel free to use as many arguments that you find useful or interesting as often as you like. It’s useful to have an outline of the thoughts already written out for you, but I’m not looking to make clones of myself with everyone parroting the same exact arguments. The point is to give you the skills, methods, thought processes, and tactics to handle arguments as you encounter them — AND TO GO OUT THERE AND ENGAGE PEOPLE.
Here are a few things to think about as you journey into the wide world and engage people of all kinds of beliefs.
First consider the audience -- who are you arguing with, and who is hearing your interaction.
Arguing with your parents requires different considerations than arguing with a street preacher on the corner.
Second, decide who you are trying to convince. If you are talking in a setting with an audience, perhaps you aren't trying to convince the person you're arguing with -- but the people who are listening.
Third, and very important, find out what the person you are talking with ACTUALLY believes.
Fourth, stay focused on making statements and arguments that he would fundamentally have an issue with; i.e. consider what kinds of things would be most compelling/devastating to their worldview. Ask yourself, "if I could convince this person that this point is true, could he say, 'all right, so what?' If so, stop arguing that point!"
Fifth, make the most defensible claim that you can (which is often a weaker claim than you may initially want to argue). An example of this: Mohammad's moral example could be improved.