This is something I've always found curious about the story. One would think that a pro-christian story would not allow the Big Bad Atheist BullyTM to get in so many good points. I wonder if this story came out because the author was struggling with his/her faith. That would explain why the Hero ChristianTM was unable to answer so many of BBAB's points, and could only argue "Faithfaithfaith!"
My guess is, the author was just trying to write a story that lead to a narrative climax. Oh no, the BBAB is winning! But wait--here comes the Final Boss, like Mighty-Mouse, to save the day! Yaaaaay, Christianity wiiiins! The author's own cognitive biases and automatic tendency to 'La la la la laaaaa, I can't hear you!' past an atheist argument, not to mention the armor of god
, was most likely enough to convince him
that Christianity totally kicked ass. I very much doubt that he went back to check over the score. The same thing goes for the person who forwarded it, who was so overawed by how "perfect" an argument for "God" it is. Inside their little cognitive bubble, the Christian characters who say "I just have faith" are saying something beautiful and moving and spiritually strong, not abandoning the field in humiliating defeat.
One other thing I noticed: whenever the boss Christian made a "strong" argument, Professor Strawman kept thinking to himself, over and over again, 'this was going to be a great semester, a great semester indeed.' IOW, the strawman atheist liked having his ideas challenged
. A strawman priest or preacher (and probably a whole lot of real ones) in his position would be getting angrier and angrier. So in my scoring in my previous post, Professor Strawman probably ought to get a bonus point for his valuation of open inquiry as opposed to the imposition of dogma.
Hmm. Now that I think about it, it does make me wonder. If a Christian can get to the point of being able to portray a sympathetic atheist character in debate with Christians, even if s/he has the Christians win, is that Christian getting close to being able to break out of the trap?