Inspired by these words …
I know the common arguments go around and around, but sometimes it does make an impression. Unfortunately we don’t get to see the difference it makes.
The biggest one likely with the novice evolution deniers, armed with their crib sheet of arguments from AiG and ready to take on the Internet. These people are genuinely surprised to learn there really are answer to these claims, and evolution isn’t such an easy target as they were lead to believe. These people usually become discouraged after a time and wander off, never to be seen again. Do they change their minds? Probably not, but at least they have heard the other side of the story.
Then comes the hard core cases, very dedicated to their beliefs and ready for argumentation. These people won’t be moved, but you might, with considerable effort and lots of fighting, be able earn a bit of their trust. There may come a time when you can have a real discussion with them, at least on some topic other than evolution. I call this a win, a small win, but at least they are communicating.
There are worse. I won’t go into that, but you can find examples on FaceBook. Avoiding them is far better than engaging with them.
There are also the lurkers, who read but do not participate. These are also an unknown until they step out to comment. On those rare occasions they generally have nice things to say. I know some people who claim to argue for the benefit of lurkers. I’m not sure about that, but I try not to make an ass of myself. It never hurts to be a little bit nicer to others than others are to you.
Every now and then there is a person who says they want to learn, AND they aren’t a concern troll. All the more reason to be nice while you draw they into discussion. Trolls will get bored and reveal themselves, sincere people will ask good questions. Be content if they learn just a little, no need to hit them with a firehose of information.
And sometimes I learn something new too. You never know what you might turn up while Googling to answer the silliest questions.