There's a popular sentiment among the internet communities I now and then skulk about in - the idea that atheists, particularly the Cult of Gnu, are absolutely incompetent when it comes to arguing against sophisticated forms of theism. Particularly classical theism, though not necessarily limited to that. It's a sentiment I share. Really, I consider it every bit as intellectually dishonest to argue against strawman conceptions of theism as I do to see people argue against strawman conceptions of evolutionary theory.
That's a common defense, of course. "Okay, we're arguing against strawmen... but this is what a lot of people believe!" Well, okay. And a lot of people who believe in evolution - even 'defenders' of the theory - have really horrible conceptions of evolutionary theory. Replying, "That's different - evolutionary biologists have the proper view! They just have a layman or amateur understanding at best!" just sets you up for a response of, "And philosophers/priests have the proper understanding of these arguments for theism. The average believer has just a layman or amateur understanding."
Now, I accept these things. I also think it's important - of dire importance - for people to be educated about the fundamentals of metaphysical discourse along with the more sophisticated theistic views and arguments. Even understanding as little as the importance of metaphysics, the distinction between science and philosophy, etc, is extraordinarily damaging to the modern aggressive secular/atheist bend.
But as I've said in the past, more and more, I think what's needed in addition to that is a defense of a far more crude (for lack of a better word) theism. The basic beliefs view of Alvin Plantinga. The instinctual construing of not just nature, but evolution itself, as an iteration of design that proceeds from a mind. The instinctive, basic teleological understanding with which people tend to view the world. Or even the basic trust placed in priests, rabbis, or theologians generally.
Defending and advocating sophisticated theism is one thing, and again, it's important. But there's no need for us to treat a more basic theism as somehow unjustified, and basic theists as intellectual lepers.