When you are having a discussion with a religious person, and he says “You are just afraid of admitting the truth”, what is the best polemical reply to this?
Or alternatively, how do I finish the talk quickly, but without leaving him\the people around with the feeling that he won?
To such a question, I would begin some simple deconstruction through a socratic method of dialog until they contradict themselves or must once again depend on their evidence-less “faith.”
Them, “You are just afraid of admitting the truth.”
You, “The truth being…?”
Them, “That god created the heaven and earth, and he will save you if you ask him for forgiveness of your sins”
You, “how do you know this to be so?”
Them, “it’s all in the bible”
You, “how do you know everything in the bible is true?”
This could go longer then you want though. Depends on how well and fast you can force them into a contradiction or into their famous escape of faith.
If you want something more quick, just make it down and dirty with a dash of alliteration. “That is true, I am afraid. I’m afraid that YOU… don’t want to admit that the truth is, there is no evidence of a god, life everlasting, or heaven and hell. Therefore, you rely on your faith, in which denial and delusiveness does dwell.
That may be kind of harsh, but hey, I’m not one to sugar coat.