I was recently referenced to THIS. Some of which makes some sense, much of which doesn’t. Let’s take a look at these points one by one and show where the issues lie:
1. Understand What you Attack
Generally speaking we do. Indeed many atheists become atheists precisely because they come to understand Christianity (or other religions) and hence their shortcomings. In general I find atheists have a much better and complete understanding of religion than those who support it. This sounds surprising, but if you think about it for a little bit, it really isn’t.
2. Learn Biblical Theology
Given that there’s so many different and contradicting theologies, this is an impossible ask.
3. Learn From Correction
Again, given that each sect, even each believer, seems to not agree on what they believe or how to interpret, this is impossible. It’s also somewhat hypocritical to ask.
4. Don’t be Stupid
Oh, the irony.
5. Don’t Use Incendiary Statements
What constitutes an incendiary statement is very different from person to person. Often simple facts are taken as incendiary by people as an excuse to flee an argument.
6. Don’t Use Emotionally Loaded Terminology
The examples given here include ‘Christian mythology’, which is obviously only a loaded term if you’re irrationally biased and wedded to the mythology in the first place. Again, what it taken as ‘loaded’ will vary from person to person.
7. Be Respectful of What We Believe
I thought lying was a sin in your theology? We don’t respect what you believe. Respect has to be earned. We respect YOU enough to argue it.
8. Use Logic and Evidence
Oh, the irony.
9. Read Biblical Passages in Context
Which is, of course, code for “Interpret them the same way I do”. This has the same problems as mentioned before, nobody does that the same way.
10. Don’t Cut and Paste from Anti-Christian Websites
This gets about as much ground as ‘Don’t post Bible passages’ would. It’s often a lot easier and quicker to give references in an argument. It’s useful.