Great show! I wonder if starting to take calls earlier results in you getting more "believers" calling in. Do they lack the patience to wait around for their chance to proselytize?
Regarding your first caller, "John," and, to a lesser extent, some of your later callers, I thought their crude threats were well-exposed by you. One of the more annoying tactics apologeticists seem to employ continually is the ad hominem; in particular, they seem to delight in accusing atheists of arrogance, anger or bitterness. So enamored are they with this approach that, like some of the clowns who called in, they try to deliberately provoke you in order to bemoan your anger and bitterness.
First time I noticed this was on a panel talk show where, I think, the American Atheists president was debating with a Catholic priest, and when the president started scoring points (by getting the audience to laugh) with comments about "some invisible man" he didn't need to believe in, the Catholic immediately started shaking his head and commenting about how "bitter" the president was (though he wasn't coming off so much bitter as boisterous).
The way you guys handled that approach, to call it for what it was and point out how evasive and cowardly it was, is probably the best way to tackle it on a public forum.
Like I said, great show!
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