Question of the Day #24: Efficacy
This is a question about efficacy. Sometimes I wonder if, when we argue with Christians, that we've got the approach wrong. I've had almost zero success talking people out of being Christian. Funny it is that I seem to have the best luck turning people away from faith just by being a good little atheists; in other words, when I'm not even trying.
I find that, just by interacting with people, that they're not really interested in what an atheist like myself has to say until I actually do something emotionally pleasing to them. Then I become "pretty smart for an atheist", which soon transforms into "Maybe the atheist is onto something, there". It's like finding the key that unlocks the door to their reasoning skills, or, as one person from Ex-C once put it, "blowing the dust off the on-switch to their cognition".
It seems that one of the hardest tasks is just getting people to listen. Is efficacy something we should consider when making an argument? And, if so, what can be done?