“About twenty years ago, when I first developed an interest in apologetics, I thought the people I should engage were atheists. I assumed that people who claimed to have such a love for reason and science would be reasonable and open to empiricism. How wrong that proved to be. There are very few atheists that have thought deeply about their own beliefs—and even fewer who have tried to fit them into an intellectually coherent framework. I had assumed that atheism was an intellectual position but, as many people are beginning to recognize, it is an emotional response. That is why I think it all but useless to try to dissuade atheists based on logic and reason. If they were logical and reasonable they wouldn’t subscribe to atheism (like Anthony Flew, I think they’d have to accept a minimum of deism).”
Joe Carter at First Things
Amen to that. It amazes me how quickly (and it happens with increasing frequency amongst the New Atheists) atheists abandon reason, empiricism, and logic in any discussion and devolve into screaming incoherent rants. 99% of what comes from the most well known atheists today in any debate or discussion is some form of ad hominem – even if it is a discussion amongst atheists. They have become a caricature of themselves. Of course, this isn’t the first time that has happened.