posted on Jan, 14 2007 @ 06:43 AM
I still support this idea in lieu of the simple fact that people are different. While it would be preferable for people to limit the expressions of
their natures and outlooks as scientists or theologians (or both at once) to the extent that they do not interfere with productive discussion, too
often threads are buried in the conflict between the two before they can even begin.
Granted, the TOS provide guidelines for avoiding such quagmires, however the practicality of coping with a thread being brought to a grinding halt
(and the subjectivity of whether members were justified in doing so, particularly when they were simply following their nature and, in many cases,
doing so politely and respectfully,) seem daunting compared to simply closing threads. This may be why, unfortunately, many discussions are closed or
become untenable before they can produce much beyond their initial post.
Ideally, the scientific process and speculative (or personal) theology should be capable of coexisting together in threads. Unfortunately, there is a
practical consideration in the form of people's differing approaches, no matter how respectful or polite they are. When one person's logic allows
them to question the scientific process itself on principle, but the other's requires that the scientific process be followed to the letter, no
amount of respect or patience will yield productive dialogue or discussion in some cases. Because I feel both have equal (but different) merit, and
both deserve to be discussed without these practicality challenges, I find myself inclined to support this proposal or something like it.