Lillian and I have an ongoing dialogue about God. Basically she tries to convince the atheist/skeptic that God exists. This usually happens at some point when we’re walking to school or back again.
She’s creative in her attempts, often coming up with her own versions of classic philosophical moves.
Strategy 1: First Cause argument.
If there’s no God, then who made trees? Who made language? Who made the world?
Strategy 2: Reductio ad Absurdam.
If you don’t believe in God, then you don’t believe in angels and you don’t believe in monsters and you don’t believe in ghosts and you don’t believe in people and you don’t believe in yourself!
Strategy 3: The Majority Must be Right
As she put it: Whatever the most people believe, that’s what is. And since a majority of people of her immediate acquaintance (well, in her immediate family) God exists and Daddy must be wrong.