I think that both Mark and Frank (comments from Sunday morning) are correct in their assessments: the case against the Church will not get far and atheists can be as goofy as theists.
I wonder if certainty isn’t the culprit in this sort of goofiness. Certainty is demonic. When people are CERTAIN they are beyond reason. Whenever I think of certainty I think of the example I used in a public lecture, “There were thousands of Catholic parents who were certain that their children were safe with their priest.”
Certainty is a measure of strength of belief and not a measure of evidence for a belief.
I hope that p;
I think that p;
I believe that p;
I am certain that p;
are all of the same category of statement – they tell us about the speaker’s state of mind and not about a state of affairs.