posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 06:33 PM
Before I go into this, realize that this is NOT a rant against Creationism, and that I know not all of you who happen to be Creationists operate in
I'm really starting to get frustrated when I get into debates with some Creationists. At first the debate is fun, and through research you get to
re-examine your stances on things and increase your knowledge. Rarely however, does a debate end, at least in my experience, without a reference to a
particular passage in the Bible. These completely ruin the debate, and even though you still learn something from it which is great in itself, it's
frustrating to put THAT much time into research and writing a convincing argument only to have someone totally ditch the 'debate etiquette' and
resort to using their own unfounded beliefs as proof that they're right. You cannot argue with someone when they say "well, in genesis, it's
mentioned that the Earth was formed in 6 days". After a statement like that, the debate comes to a screeching halt. I just ask myself, "Why did I
waste this many hours of my life? Couldn't they just admit from the start that there was zero possibility of changing their mind?"
Having a belief system is great. I never start an argument with a Creationist if they don't want to hear it because that's just plain rude. I also
believe in some sort of a God, share a few beliefs, and I'm open to anything. However, if you plan to enter into a debate, at least stay with it
until the very end, or if you are stuck and can't offer a counter argument, agree to look into it in the future and end it right there. That goes for
people on both sides of the argument, but the reason you won't see me making this mistake is because it would sound downright stupid to make a
comment like "well I believe you're wrong, so I win!". Anyone who enters a debate should also be open minded. There is no point in having a debate
if you don't have a chance of convincing the other person that you're right. It just becomes a monumental waste of time and creates a lot of
frustration and needless anger.
I like the idea of a separate board being created, devoted to this kind of debate. It purifies the other boards, but it better be heavily moderated.
There's gonna be a LOT of frustration there for the very reasons I'm writing this rant for.