please forgive me if this has been covered in a previous thread, but lately i’ve been running into people who make this statement: there’s no way we can know whether catholicism or denomination X is correct, so what’s the point of debating the merits of different faiths?
if i’m not mistaken, this stance is the essence of agnosticism. the comment blindsides me, and i admit i find it infuriating, because it essentially shuts down any further conversation. at the same time i know it’s a profoundly misguided statement.
is there a good way to respond to a comment like that? i could take it as a sign that my interlocuter wants to talk about something else and change the subject, but that would suggest that the agnostic stance is not problematic in and of itself, which i know it is. any suggestions?