Hearing about the lives of Christians (and followers of other religions as well, I just don't hear from as many of them) is interesting, albeit sad, but I like to think I have a better understanding because of it. Hearing about these lives from the perspective of atheists that have deconverted is one method of gaining this perspective, but obviously one must also discuss things with real theists! The is a sisyphean task, though, because of the amount of material. Some people, though, have committed the time and energy to really "take one for the team" and delve into the theist psyche. Or... at least their message boards!
Lya at Escapee from the Meme Machine has done this very thing, and we should all benefit from it. She visited 35 boards over a two month period, and generated some very good data. Her entire post is a must read, but the sections covered are:
- The 11 most common misconceptions about atheists
- The 5 most common excuses for having no evidence of the existence of god
- The 14 most commonly used fallacies
- The 4 most commonly used bits of known hoaxes/forgeries
- Some notable outcomes
Thank you Lya for taking the time to do this. I know this must have tried your patience, but you have helped us all.