So I did. And you can see the argument here.
What's that? The link isn't working? "Page not found"? Pity; it was such a fun conversation, too. Here's what his/her post looked kinda like, ohne Jesus picture:
Yes, for those of you who don't know [as if we wouldn't guess from the content on your blog] — Yes, I am Christian!
I think there was an extra sentence after that, but I can't remember it. It was a really short entry.
Anyway, I commented on that post saying how genuinely sorry I was for him/her that he/she took pride in following a religion that proclaimed how worthless he/she was. I then proceeded to explain why we were anything but worthless, demonstrating how amazingly clever, devious, ingenious, and intelligent we humans are. We have such an understanding of the universe we live in that we can fucking fly probes over the north pole of Neptune! How can anyone think we need "saving" from our "flawed" nature? We are the gods of our surroundings!
He/she then threw the cosmological argument at me — "Matter can't come from nothing," "If the universe were just a little bit different we wouldn't be able to exist," blah blah blah — which I happen to be very, very familiar with. And, in my rebuttal, I think I also did an excellent job of being factual while being non-confrontational (according to my highly-extroverted socialite friend whom I had proofread my comment before I posted it). And yes, I'm blowing my own horn — so sue me; it's my blog.
I responded to the cosmological argument like everyone, theists included, should: How could we know? Atheists aren't claiming the universe popped out of nowhere; we're claiming that we have absolutely no idea. There's a Nobel prize waiting for you if you know the answer. And, furthermore, asking "what happened before the Big Bang" is a bit of a nonsense question, since "before" is a concept that requires time to exist — and time started with the Big Bang. And what the hell is time, anyway?
And I figured it was best to respond to the "if atoms were a little different they couldn't form molecules" thing with my favorite Douglas Adams quote:
Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!'
This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.'
I had been eagerly awaiting his/her response for the last few days, expecting either more Ravi Zacharias apologetics or maybe even a new argument I hadn't heard before. (I know, it's not likely, but I'm allowed to dream, aren't I?)
If nothing else, it was good practice. It gave me an opportunity to flaunt my knowledge about physics, cosmology, and astronomy, and gave me a chance to work on arguing so my tone wasn't what scared my opponent away.
... although I'd be lying if I said I didn't find it annoying as hell that he/she deleted the whole post to end the conversation. Coward.
EDIT: While I was discussing cosmology with him, another person hopped into the conversation and commented that, if Savage Spirit would actually read the Bible, he'd/she'd see that the God he/she worships was actually an evil one. As a rebuttal to that, Savage Spirit posted a lengthy rant about how "Islam was actually the evil religion" and posted a bunch of verses from Deuteronomy where God is all like "I will crush them without mercy because I'm petty, vindictive, vengeful, and horrifically violent."
I had responded, saying, "So... to prove your God isn't evil, you post a bunch of verses showing how evil He is?"
How amusing that his/her next post was all about love. All that "you can dispense justice and still love" stuff... ignoring the fact that there is no justice in eternal punishment for finite crimes.