One of my biggest concerns about religious belief is the adverse impact it can have on education especially science education. Living in a society full of uninformed and misinformed people can't be a good thing if education has any value at all. So I do care if any kind of thinking or lack of thinking results in millions of superstitious, ignorant people.
And......here we go again. Painting all believers with the same tarred brush.
Kind of like the sheep and the goats--or the wheat and the chaff, is it not? If you don't like being "tarred with the same brush," then tell Jesus not to do it to other people.
Anyway, I see that you detest being lumped in with other Christians. Why is that?
Yes, I am a Christian. No, I am not "uninformed and misinformed" or "superstitious, ignorant".
Aside from believing that you can telepathically communicate with an invisible person whom you've been told will grant your requests; no, you're not the least bit superstitious or misinformed.
I am a big believer in science. I admire scientists and educators tremendously for using their gifts to make our society better. I have spent my life learning about everything I could. And I am far from alone in the faith community. Unfortunately, the only religious people you hear about are the ones on the far right making fools of themselves in public...
If you're informed about science then you know that Bible cosmology and earth history have been demonstrated by scientists to be bogus.
...kind of like the only atheists you hear about are the ones who make big noises about how Christians are ignorant. Sadly, these are the exact people that wind up in positions of power since they know how to promote themselves as "the answer to our issues". My personal feelings are best stated by this - a pox on both of their houses!
Actually, the noises many Christians make demonstrate their ignorance. I don't need to tell anybody about that ignorance unless they are uninformed.
You have made a common error in conflating religious belief with lack of scientific belief. The two are entirely separate; faith deals with the intangible and science deals with the tangible world around us. There is no conflict there.
Actually, science and religion overlap in a lot of ways. Science keeps correcting the mistakes made by Christianity. If you are truly informed, then I don't need to tell you that.
Back to your original question - is it wrong for an atheist to debate a Christian apologist? Of course not. Both sides have to be willing for a debate to even occur. But you usually just see this happening between those on the fringe of each spectrum. Most of us find such debates to be boring, to be honest. The atheist says that the Christian is believing in fairy tales and not science, and the Christian says that the atheist has made science into their god. All they are doing is talking past each other since they aren't even discussing the same thing.
I used to be a Christian apologist who debated skeptics. Do I need to inform you that that changed? When I realized I was wrong, I humbly admitted it. Maybe that's why so many Christians cannot be reasoned with; they lack the humility to admit their error.