I’m an atheist, and this isn’t really what I hear when I listen to people debate theology. Indeed, I quite enjoy theological debates when they’re held at a level that I can understand. The process of working forward from premises to find unusual or surprising implications is altogether enjoyable to watch, and most certainly to participate in (though I’ll grant that the Chris Matthews show is an unlikely place to find such a conversation). I’ve found this to be true even when I reject the basic premises. I’m also not certain that intelligent people debating theological principles are always lying about their claims of belief.