See Atheist Shotgunner #2 – Jason Mevin.
As an apologist defending my beliefs, and one who tries to get non-believers interested in what I have come to believe myself, I’ve come across my fair share of atheist shotgunners. I call them shotgunners, but this is really a term that stems from a logical fallacy known as the Shotgun Tactic, or Shotgun argumentation. Consider a perfect example of this via the atheist in the caption above (I apologize about the foul language); we see that, within a short space, he brings up the following subjects/allegations:
-That Christians are “drones,” which means they’re people who turn off their thinking abilities because they happen to be Christians.
-That atheists are “freethinkers” et cetera. which I find odd since the atheist’s brain, on his worldview, is simply obeying the fixed laws of chemistry.
-That atheists use logic and reason, even though the physical forces of nature that produced their cognitive faculties were non-rational.
-That science supports their atheism, although this would presuppose the reliability of their rational faculties; which of course was cobbled together by time, matter and chance.
-That God is sexist, homophobic, violent etc. because Dawkins, who is probably this atheist’s deity incarnated, says so in his masterpiece book The God Delusion.
-That things like burning bushes and talking snakes are silly myths which, of course, presupposes that God can’t possibly make a bush burn without it diminishing if he so wanted. Or concerning the snake the atheist presupposes that all Christians hold to only one interpretation of how to read this account, that it is intended to be literal, or that if it was literal God could not make a snake talk even though the same God could make humans talk.
-That the biblical authors were “goat herders” and that they “heard voices in their heads” which, of course, presupposes that God cannot talk to an individual using the brain that he created, and that our biblical authors were goat herders as opposed to prophets and/or well educated scribes.
-That all atheists hate religious people, which is laughable and simply false.
All in all this atheist has brought up some eight subjects in his rampant rage. Thus, the point of the shotgun tactic is offer such a large number of arguments for his position that the opponent can’t possibly respond to all of them. This may happen within a one-on-one academic debate on stage, on an internet forum, or on a Facebook page etc. Often the atheist shotgunner, as the one seen in the comment above, is irrational, dogmatic, closed minded and has no intention to seek the truth if it threatens his atheism. Instead, he will rehearse what he’s read at richarddawkins.net or at EvilBible.com – all of which are clearly reliable sources for understanding an opponent’s worldview. That would be like a Christian getting his information on atheism from Ray Comfort’s book You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think.