We are constantly accused of being angry and militant and mean and harsh and all manner of nastiness. But looking at our debates, looking at the methods we employ to argue with theists, looking at the ground we regularly concede to even engage with theists, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that if anything we are too generous to theists.
Do theists have any idea how many freebies we give them? How many assumptions we grant them? How far we go in assuming their points arguendo? Do they realize how nice we are being?
We regularly grant them the assumption that some manner of god exists and then proceed to dismantle theism from there.
We regularly grant them the assumption that their specific god exists and then proceed to dismantle theism from there.
We regularly grant them the assumption that their preferred sacred text is true and then dismantle its internal structure, logical consistency and factual accuracy from there.
We grant theists every possible courtesy and every possible point of argumentation and still have no trouble dismantling their theology and somehow WE are the assholes? Damn logic and those pesky facts and their atheistic bias.
One would think that theists would recognize this generosity, would recognize our charity in going along with their assumptions for the sake of argument and would occasionally reciprocate.
But there is no reciprocity. Ever. In fact, unless we tacitly accept many of their assumptions at the outset, many theists simply will not or can not engage at all.
Perhaps there is simply no way around this. Perhaps this is because as soon as theists allow themselves to make atheist assumptions, the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit are no longer viable defense mechanisms and they find themselves utterly defenseless.
Do we make these assumptions because as soon as they start making our assumptions we win?