An atheist just cited his favorite Christopher Hitchens, an atheist also, saying:
· "Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence."
For some, disputation can be a fun contest, as long as you can hold your own. I admit that I also like disputation. However, where the joy of disputation is a matter of proving yourself, you will find that there is always someone better, who can pin your tongue against the wall.
However, for the Christian, disputation can become a mission field. It is also a calling to serve the Lord and to glorify His Gospel. This means, win or lose, we still have the fulfillment of knowing that we are honoring our Savior.
What does the atheist have? The lonely and temporary victory of the gladiator who asks, “For what?”