Two common atheists rebuttals or arguments are:
1. You can be good without God
2. Look at all the evil religion does in the world
If one believed both those statements completely it isn’t hard to see how religion has such an uphill battle. I wonder if we are even able to have conversations with atheists who hold these core beliefs and aren’t willing to budge from them or see past them? Can the atheist also believe that:
3. You can be good with God
4. Look at all the good religion does in the world
It would be a much easier conversation if both sides could agree to all four points without making extreme statements and no room for the other. Religion is not ALL BAD and a belief in God doesn’t make you ALL GOOD. I have a hard time following certain atheist blogs and videos that just point to all the evil that religious people do and not really grasp the reality of what religion even is and what purpose is serves. I understand the argument, God believers certainly don’t have the corner on morality. But there has got to be a balanced look at this. Religion does not hurt humanity. Religion came from humanity and tells us a lot about what humanity is and what they think and what they need and how they view the world.
I don’t think it makes much sense to claim the first two without at least acknowledging the last two.