A lot of atheists who argue about religion on the internet don’t think philosophy justifies the claims it argues for. We can construct an argument for something, but in the absence of hard evidence to prop up the argument it’s all just air. Let’s assume this is true. The fact remains that saying “your argument is just air because it’s not supported by hard evidence” might fail to be persuasive to your audience, especially if you’re already several moves deep into the exchange.
This is why atheists routinely make arguments that assume that some of the theist’s premises are true and show that the argument fails anyway. You’re not establishing things scientifically here, but most atheists will be able to agree that having those extra internal objections could be just enough to tip a lurker over the edge. Reading what philosophers have written will help you come up with more of these potentially crucial extra arguments.
- Persuading people that Christianity is irrational is valuable.
- Knowing internal objections to Christianity will help persuade people that it is irrational.
- Studying philosophy of religion will help you find more internal objections.
- Therefore, all other things being equal, it is a good idea to study philosophy of religion.
Here are some websites you can use.