I'd like to see if I can get a discussion going on the blog. The topic is:
Should Atheists engage Theists in debate?
Here are some rough thoughts to get the ball rolling. Please weigh in in the comments. (Anonymous commenting now available.)
Yes: Not debating means your side won't be heard; Might convince some people on the fence; Can correct some common mistaken beliefs about atheism.
No: Not going to convince Theists; It's a false dichotomy--there's no "Atheist side" to represent; Atheists already handicapped in debate by cognitive biases in favor of Theism.