For many atheists, their atheism is like an idol, a mammon. They protect their godless worldview at all costs. They have sacrificed rational thinking, honesty, and logic a long time ago. They think their happiness depends on their independence, autonomy, freethought, and godlessness. God is an unwelcome intruder which has to be kept on the outside of their lives at all costs and is worth being denied. They fight for their worldview, and do what it takes to drag others to their pit. They confess their unbelief with the enthusiasm of a believer. Their gospel is: There is no evidence for God's existence. We create our own meaning, moral values, and standards. We don't need any ought-to-be's from above. Many miso-theists are so because of their wish to live free of God, which ordains and commands what we should do and to escape the guilt of their sinful behavior.
Everything goes. No matter, how irrational, nonsensical, and foolish any claim to deny God might be. As long as it serves to refute God, it's welcome. They change their answers about how they self-identify themselves like a Chamaeleon.
Sometimes, they say they are agnostics. When hard-pressed, they confess to being atheists, and not to believe in God. Plenty confess being agnostics, and atheists at the same time. I have never seen someone saying: I don't believe that naturalism is true, but I am unsure if God exists. Commonly, however, you hear the claim: I disbelieve in the God of the Bible, I can't believe that the Christian God exists, but I don't know what alternative replaces God. When it comes to rationalizing the non-existence of God, evolution is the chief argument and main evidence. From there, everything else goes. Multiverses explain away the fine-tuning of the universe and the origin of life. The odds are astronomical that life could emerge by random chance? No problem. Shuffle enough time, and one day, inevitably, life will emerge from slime.
And even IF the God of the Bible would be proven true, that hardly solves the issue. Since, so they claim, the God of the Old Testament is a genocide which condones slavery, he is not worthy of praise, fellowship, and worship. Since they cannot criticize Christ in the same manner, there, the strategy is to claim that there is no evidence that he even existed. And if that claim does not withstand scrutiny, then, so they go, he was just a normal man, and the resurrection story was borrowed from Osiris and other religions. It's just a myth.
Whenever a theist comes up with some kind of evidence, all intellectual efforts are being made to dismiss the argument. On the fly. On the get-go. We don't have to wait. Tongue in cheek. Snip your finger, and there you have your refutation. And even if their objections are refuted entirely, in their roots, and even if they are proven wrong, the next day, they keep going with the same old debunked assertions, and lines of reasoning, as the day before.
As if never anyone talked to them and educated them. As if they never ever heard a counterargument to their views.
An apologist is too incisive and bothers too much? Ignore him. Do not permit him to call it at an atheist show. Mute him in the side chats of YouTube live streams. Avoid having debates with that fellow. Start with personal attacks. Ridicule him. Make him look like a clown or troll. Discredit his approach of apologetics. Attack him as a person.
The Bible is clear in regards to these people. Psalm 14:1 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
Atheism is not an issue of intelligence. It is a moral issue.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them . . . so that people are without excuse…Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:18–25).
To those that believe, however, their faith, and their Lord is precious. And we are precious to the Lord.
“Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned. (Isaiah 43:1-2).
And even if we go through a pandemic, HE can save us.