I have written in this blog for years, making what I believe are cogent, logically-consistent, and rational arguments against religion, and especially fundamentalist religions. I've posted the same reasonable arguments on forums and on Facebook. And it always seems that no matter what I say or how well I seem to have made my point, I get replies from those who just don't seem to understand my point at all, or who just reject it out of hand with no valid rebuttal.
And I have been asked on many occasions why I bother. I'm obviously not changing any minds. Those who believe have been brainwashed and deluded and they deny the facts and evidence against them, or they twist it around to make it better fit their dogma. So what's the point? Why do I continue to harp on the fundamentalists?
There is more than one answer. For one thing, I do enjoy a good debate; it helps to strengthen my mental faculties. It's a way to exercise the mind. But that only happens when the ones I'm debating make valid rebuttals - points to actually ponder and then try to refute. That kind of response almost never happens. Blind faith and delusion are all I get in return.
The main reason I continue to post my blog entries and reply on the forums is that I know that there are those out there who are just taking in all the arguments. They don't comment and they don't reply to posts. They just read. I know this because several of them have put in friends requests on Facebook and I don't recognize their names from any forum. They've just been "listening." Sometimes they will comment in their friend request, so I know they have paid attention to my points and that those points have resonated in their minds. And that is why I continue to write and make my case against religion, particularly fundamentalist Christianity. Islam is probably the most dangerous religion on Earth today and many of its adherents are the most highly deluded. But I come from a Christian background and there are many more Christians in this country than Muslims. So I mainly stick to debunking the Christians.
And to those who are among the fence sitters when it comes to faith or to those Christians who have become disillusioned with your faith, take heart. There are lots of you out there. My advice, as always, is simply to listen to the rational part of your brain. It's not the devil; he doesn't exist. It's not your conscience. It's simply common sense knocking. Let it in.