Saving Inerrancy from the Americans? - by @mbird12
This is the diversity that exists outside American evangelicalism that twitter seems woefully unaware of. Christianity≠Evangelicalism. The wider Christin world is so different from the US. michaelfbird.substack.com/p/saving-inerr…
One thing I don't get is atheists refusing to read books about Christianity written by Christians. They cite "biases."
As if someone can only write truthfully and objectively about a topic if they're skeptical.
If that's true – which it isn't – most of science is sunk.
Backing away from such interactions removes my perspective from the conversation, but nobody should tolerate insults, belittling and abuse. Shutting down opposition to your view in this way is not healthy for an intellectual democracy.
The down side with open, non-defensive engagement on twitter is the thoughtless abuse, aspersions & attacks thrown your way.
I’m saddened that many believe me a lying, hateful fascist who wants to exterminate sections of humanity. 😔 Not least as it forces me from the convo.
#Prayer of the day:
Defend us, O Lord, with your heavenly grace, that we may continue yours for ever and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until we come to your everlasting kingdom
@heather_leisure @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser And I believe it would be disrespectful of me to continue with you in this disagreement. I really value what you have shared and don’t want to end up giving you a negative view of me and my intentions. Thank you so much for your time. I hope things get better in the states soon.
@heather_leisure @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser Well in that case we reach an impasse of fundamental disagreement. I hear how Christianity has been co-opted in the states to simply awful ends and how that influences so many lives for the worse, but I disagree with your cause. I am Christian. I hold to none of this.
@heather_leisure @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser This is also evidence in many Christian’s’ characterisation of atheists as immoral, unseeing, unrepentant or obstinate etc. It does no good to the debate as it puts peoples’ backs up and they get defensive and lash out rather than take the merits of their interlocutor’s position
@heather_leisure @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser If one doesn’t separate behaviour from a persons personality or being, one essentially acknowledges they cannot help but respond in a given way. That They are not free agents. This simply makes it easier to dismiss them without engaging. This doesn’t help anyone.
@heather_leisure @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser Unfortunately I cannot agree with almost any of what is suggested here. And I certainly don’t view any of it as justification for insults or abrasive engagement with one’s interlocutor. Nobody needs to descend to that, however one views one’s opponents.
@level_314 @FBwoah @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser Finally, it really depends on one’s interpretation of the doctrine of Hell. Rather hating life and goodness, you can frame it as loving oneself. We have seen this argument with the vaccine and mask debate. People’s priorities are different and this can seem bizarre to opponents.
@level_314 @FBwoah @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser I equally don’t think that ‘detests goodness’ is the only way of framing the debate. There are plenty of people who are simply unconvinced. They aren’t hostile to the idea. And there are others who actively say an eternity in ‘heaven’ would be ‘hell’
@level_314 @FBwoah @EssenceSolitude @Aron_Ra @RandalRauser I don’t think it is the assertion of mythicism that causes offence. It is the dismissive attitude associated with ‘magical’. It is along the lines of the pejorative ‘sky daddy’. It is used to deliberately belittle the position and make the interlocutor sound like a gullible moron