jump to navigation

Am I Fair? October 27, 2009

Posted by jetson in Personal.
Tags: , , , ,
trackback

After conversing with some friends of mine, who I consider to be “progressive” Christians, for lack of a better term, I was told that my blogs are not exactly fair and balanced. Those weren’t the exact terms used, but it’s the message I took away from the conversation. After some careful thought, I decided that they may be right. The problem is, I don’t know exactly what to do about it – if anything at all.

On the one hand, it’s my blog. If someone wants to write a fair and balanced blog about religion, they are always free to do so. But on the other hand, am I doing an injustice to having a good conversation by being too militant with my writing? I have felt a sense of movement in my attitude towards religion, so I certainly don’t doubt that I could have gone too far in some respects. I have undoubtedly become less tolerant of unsupported assertions and unfounded claims of knowledge and truth. An opposing view might think that I am not considering their evidence, or that I am simply dismissing it with little to no consideration. I can definitely understand that concern.

I have been immersed in this topic for over one year now, and I do mean immersed! I have read, argued, debated, discussed, and flat out battled against what I consider irrational beliefs on various forums, blogs, and in person. I have heard so many arguments that they are now in full rotation. In other words, I’ve heard them all (though not literally I would guess.) I need to add that I have not had much luck on religious forums because not many of them tolerate non-believers (too much blasphemy involved in the discussions.) However, I am nowhere near fully educated on any of this. I am just scratching the surface of the most basic arguments, and sadly, many of them are simply not well though out. So now what?

If I am to continue engaging in these topics, I know I can learn more. But what can I learn if I don’t believe in any gods? I can learn more about the religions and their gods, and their believers who are convinced beyond a doubt in their beliefs. I have studied western religions at an academic level, but never at a theological level. I don’t intend to go back to school, but I can certainly read more books and opinions from respected theologians. I honestly don’t know what I will find, but I’m hoping that there is a more mature position and understanding than some of the poorly thought out arguments from self-professed god experts on the internet (mostly teen children from the immature writing styles and argument structures.)

So, how will this affect my blog? At this point, I have no readers, so it’s almost pointless to even be concerned. However, the feedback came from a reader, so the point is worth considering. I know there is an audience for the blogs I have already written, but I am likely “preaching to the choir” to those who might agree with me. As for the opposition, I can try harder to engage them in conversation, I can continue to respect them as people, but if I disagree, I cannot be dishonest just to save feelings. The discussion has to occur, but no one has to agree just to be polite. We’ll see how this goes!

Advertisements

Comments»

1. Bert - November 8, 2009

Does this Paul Graham essay shed any further light on the issue for you?

http://www.paulgraham.com/discover.html

Bert


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: