One of the things that strikes me with surprising frequency is the lack of straightforward intellectual honesty from theists when defending religious beliefs.
I’m not sure whether this is conscious bald-faced “lying for Jesus”, or a sub-conscious cognitive bias against any factual evidence that contradicts their worldview. However it turns up in all sorts of guises, from Muslims claiming there are no scientific errors in the Qur’an, when there demonstrably are, to theologians equivocating between common and religious definitions of “faith” in order to equate science and religion epistemologically.
When I first watched the debate I hadn’t started Krauss’ book so didn’t know if his comment was true or otherwise, and it is but only in so far as Krauss reiterates the point towards the end but nowhere does he pretend to be offering a theological ‘nothing’ which he dismisses right at the beginning. I’m not saying that atheists are immune from this, but in general when atheists debate theists they stick to facts and consistent definitions and don’t just make stuff up to win the argument. Perhaps it’s because to atheists ‘truth’, as far as it can be empirically ascertained, is important whereas to the religious protecting belief is paramount whether it is consistent with the facts or not.
"Religion is a hypothesis about the world: the hypothesis that things are the way they are, at least in part, because of supernatural entities or forces acting on the natural world. And there's no good reason to treat it any differently from any other hypothesis. Which includes pointing out its flaws and inconsistencies, asking its adherents to back it up with solid evidence, making jokes about it when it's just being silly, offering arguments and evidence for our own competing hypotheses...and trying to persuade people out of it if we think it's mistaken. It's persuasion. It's the marketplace of ideas. Why should religion get a free ride"