Hello all! This is my first post here and I am happy to be contributing in some way.
I just got done listening to the atheist experience and it was a particularly moving episode to me.
It was titled "what do you mean?" and it simply talked about clarifying what certain words mean in an argument.
We all attribute certain meanings to words, for example: "dog". Some will think of a poodle, some will think of a german shepherd.
This happens quite often with many words we throw around when debating about "god", "existence", "moral", etc.
It was especially relevant to me because I outed myself to my best friend who is a christian and we had a fairly decent conversation but at the end he accused me of avoiding the questions he asked. For example: he asked me if I believed in evolution.
I had ask questions to clarify what he believed evolution was (he was misinformed) and if he understood that no one believes in evolution. Can you imagine?? "I pray to evolution every night!" LOL
Upon reflection, I wasn't dodging questions but trying to clarify certain phrases or words he used and he didn't like that. I suppose it is because it forced him to put what he exactly believes into some sort of order.
But it's important when having a conversation like this to clarify and agree upon what definition of "god" or "moral" you use. And as a newly de-converted atheist, I have to be even more careful!