I don't understand how theists are able to so completely compartmentalize their faith, and still maintain semi-rational seeming exteriors.
Let me give a simple example from a conversation I had recently.
I pointed out that the great thing about empirical evidence is that it requires no faith.
One of my go to examples for this is the moon landing, and the corner reflectors that were left there.
Essentially it doesn't matter what a person believes, if they think the moon is a hoax, made of cheese or that the government spent billions of dollars on hookers and hired actors to pretend we went to the moon. Because there is a way to empirically show that we went there the whole argument is nullified.
The theist position on their god however is that it is a real thing.
For some reason they seem to think that it's acceptable to require somebody to believe in advance that their god exists before offering to show them that it exists. Why on earth would seemingly normal people suddenly resort to the most blatant of special pleading like this?
I have honestly lost count of the number of times a conversation has died at this point.