I've recently had a series of online exchanges with a Christian activist whom I hadn't encountered before, the disturbingly-named Thoughts for Young Men. In our first exchange, I refuted a great many false claims that he was making, to which he responded, in effect, "nuh-uh." That is, he has yet to provide coherent responses to my refutations.
However, he has begun showing up other places that I've commented and trotting out the exact same refuted claims, dishonestly implying that I have failed to address them. Accordingly, I thought I would catalog those claims, along with my responses, so that I can simply direct him here rather than rehash the same things every time I see him.
If Thoughts for Young Men is seeing this list, he is welcome to post any responses to the comments section; I would be happy to modify the list if he can support his arguments.
Atheism is a religion.
False. Atheism is a single belief, that there are no gods. It lacks any of religion's defining characteristics, including belief in the supernatural, belief in a soul separate from the body, belief in an afterlife, and so on.
Atheism necessitates belief in evolution, or vice versa.
Strawman. Atheism makes no claim about biology, and evolution makes no claim about any gods.
A variant of the preceding claim is: Someone cannot believe in both evolution and God.
False dichotomy, for the same reason as the preceding claim.
Because atheism makes no claims about morality, atheists have no morals.
Because atheism makes no claims about morality, atheists cannot make moral judgments.
Non sequitur. Because atheism makes no claims about morality, one can draw no conclusions about a person's views on morality solely on the basis of his or her being an atheist.
Atheists "steal from the Christian worldview."
Unsupported, since no explanation is given for what this means.
The Bible's factual claims are true.
False. While some of the Bible's claims can be shown to be true (for example, Jerusalem exists), a great many are demonstrably false (for example, the earth is not flat, sitting on a foundation or surrounded by a firmament). If any given factual claim made in the Bible is true, it could be verified by means other than the Bible.
There is no evidence that there is no God.
Shifting the burden of proof. Atheism is not the claim that there is no God; it is the conclusion that there is no God, based on an examination of the evidence put forth by those claiming there is one.
The Bible's morality is logical and consistent.
False. The Bible contains wildly contradictory moral imperatives. For example, we are to treat others as we wish to be treated, but it is also okay to own another human being as property.
We know the universe has a creator because the universe is a creation.
Assumed conclusion. Should be pretty self-explanatory.
Believing in evidence requires faith.
False, by definition. Faith is the belief in something regardless of whether or not evidence supports it.
Evaluation of evidence is entirely subjective.
False. While there is some subjectivity involved, there are objective considerations in determining whether any information source is credible, reliable and authoritative.
The scientific process is biased.
True, but not in the sense that is intended. The process of science is designed to produce objectively-verifiable knowledge, and in fact has an outstanding track record of doing exactly that. In that sense, it is biased against things that are false or untestable.
Atheists have no basis for believing in logic, because logic is universal, immaterial and unchanging.
False premise and non sequitur. Logic has developed over history, and even if it hadn't, that doesn't preclude someone from concluding that a god doesn't exist.
Human beings as we know them today were either created by God or happened by chance.
False dichotomy. Natural selection is not a random process.
Evolution is impossible because one "kind" of animal cannot develop into another "kind."
Presently unsupported, since no definition for "kind" has been given.
I think that about covers it. If I need to modify the list, I'll do so in the form of new blog posts, so that this one can be referred to.