Tim Bushell, lover of fine ales and an atheist. Approach with caution and come with gifts of beer before salvation.lover of fine ales and an atheist. Approach with caution and come with gifts of beer before salvation.
I do it for the entertainment. Let me expand on that:
It is always good to engage your mind in an intellectual exercise - and I know a lot about "this God" theists believe in because I was once a believer. It is a subject I feel confident talking about; and theists always seem willing to engage on the topic. I'm more certain on my position now that I ever was when I believed in god - and I enjoy the discourse as it helps me refine my thoughts further.
And yes, it is entertaining. Sometimes I met someone whose arguments are so weak and misguided that it is amusing to watch them tie themselves in knots. Just as often I find myself discussing something with a theist who has a strong intellect - and this is entertaining in the same way a sports person, or chess player, enjoys meeting their match or better; it gives me a chance to stretch and test myself - see where I might need to improve my "game".
So it's a distraction; a way to relax that - unlike television - engages the brain fruitfully.