With the rise in popularity of books Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris, what has the mainstream religious response been? Let me make my point by analogy: If several books came out attacking a mainstream political position, you could be sure that there would be twice as many books published to refute the arguments. Is that happening in the case of religion? I contend that the mainstream response has been to condemn and censor the material rather than acknowledge it and refute it. That is, I don't believe that many churches are presenting e.g. Dawkins arguments and pointing out the flaws. Am I wrong? Would this change if atheists were more outspoken?
Along the same lines--most people with an interest in politics love tuning in for political debates. How many religious people genuinely enjoy tuning in for debates between atheists and believers(vs. people who see it and think, "how aweful and blasphemous")? How many atheists enjoy the debates?
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