The Christian Delusion - Why Faith Fails, by John Loftus: Chapter 3 - The Malleability of the Human Mind, by Jason Long, Ph.d.
This chapter is an update of classical Academic thought which was skeptical about the ability of humans to know anything, although it is incomplete as the full scope of classical skeptic thought undermines everything - atheism included. Shhh! Better to be selective! (I thought I had the quote from Cicero up so that it can be linked, but apparently not. There is this quote, which attacks the atheists routine use of credentials to bypass reason.)
The main idea is that we do not believe Christianity because we logically choose it, but because we are indoctrinated when we are young. While this is true, it also ignores the power of atheist indoctrination in our society: Atheism is the established ideology of academia so we are bombarded by these messages from when we are young. I loved reading Rupyard Kipling and Mark Twain, yet they were both skeptics and this filtered through much of their writing. Atheists and skeptics have hijacked seminaries, invaded pulpits and spent billions of taxpayer dollars indoctrinating the minds of children in schools - myself included. Then there is Hollywood, which is atheist except when it is mystic, but very rarely Christian. WE HEARD THE ATHEIST MESSAGE!!! In communist countries, the situation was even worse, yet religion is on the rise, especially in places like China where the children NEVER RECEIVED CHRISTIAN INDOCTRINATION FROM YOUTH! If we are going to simply say that humans are doomed to make irrational decisions, than what can the atheists do about it without coercion and government establishment? Furthermore, why should we believe that an atheist is in the slightest more rational, given that we all come from human DNA?
Going back to the chapter: "Impression management theory suggest that people increasingly stick by their decisions because consistency leads to social reward and inconsistency leads to social punishment." First, I will note that this doesn't explain the grumpy hermit, but I will also note that there is one group of society which has a great desire for "social reward" and an equal fear of "social punishment". They are called Ph.D's. (I do believe that God can make good use of people with Ph.Ds.) I started a Ph.D. for no good reason other than wanting people to look up to me. Thankfully God showed me that this was a pointless endeavor and directed me otherwise. With a hundred good applicants for each professorship, the need to seek social acceptance is incredibly high, while the atheists record of ostracizing everyone who does not have acceptable beliefs is unsurpassed. Nowhere was this more on display than the recent anthropogenic global warming fraud.
To summarize, the argument of this chapter is that Christians can't be trusted, therefore Atheists should be trusted...because they say they should be trusted. So there!
Rebuttal summary: Why give up a real crutch for a phony rationalism?