Two Christian apologists debated two atheists yesterday in an event which ABC filmed and broadcast on its Nightline program. These were the same two atheists who started the Blasphemy Challenge, where people film themselves blaspheming the Holy Spirit, and post the video on YouTube.
The Christians knew they were unlikely to change the minds of atheists as hardened as those two. This is because atheists are fools, and fools cannot be reasoned with. The only way they will leave their foolishness and live, is if the consequences of their foolishness causes them to draw near to death, and they call upon the Lord in their distress for deliverance.
The audience for the debate consisted of half Christians and half atheists. The atheists in the audience heckled the Christians when it was their turn to speak, and the two atheists were full of mockery and sarcasm for the evidences of a Designer, even the great scientists of the past and present, who had humbly acknowledged God. This is because even though the atheists deny God, they cannot act in any manner other than the manner God has proscribed for them thousands of years ago.
Moral of the story: Debating atheists is a waste of time (although there may be some truly searching persons who view the debate who can benefit from it); the best thing you can do for them is pray that the consequences of their folly will catch up with them, so that the pressure of their suffering will cause them to cry to the Lord for deliverance.