Recently I asked a 'semi-notorious' Internet atheist to debate me on some very important issues he had raised during the course of a conversation we were having on a message board (mainly in regard to the resurrection and the overall integrity of the the Gospels). Here was my e-mail to him (yes, the names have been changed)...
Dear Mr. "A" -
Perhaps we could set up a debate between us on some of the issues you raised?
If so, I would like for it to be via YouTube or mp3 files,
as opposed to a written debate because you already have so many articles.
Do you have the ability to record via Webcam or a PC mic?
Here was his rather terse response back to me ...
I am not a public speaker.
What is there to debate? Debating Christians is like debating Moonies or Muslims. All you have is an Old Book you claim is true , despite the fact that it looks like every other religious text - a pack of lies believed in by people brought up to believe in it.
I wrote back with this (I have changed some of the wording so he can remain anonymous if he desires) ...
Mr. "A" -
Then why did you go on that one radio program?
It was live and you were being recorded.
And you later said your opponent got 'roasted'.
An mp3 or YouTube debate is even easier - less 'pressure'.
And why you are being so mean-spirited in your e-mail back to me, Mr. "A"?
I mean, no one is around and I am approaching you humbly - I just don't understand your attitude.
Lastly, why do you say there is nothing to debate but then you are constantly on Forums doing just that? What about a written debate, then?
I sent this several days ago (twice) and still I have not heard back from him ... sigh ...