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If you dont care if what you believe is true or untrue then you really shouldnt even be in a discussion.
Venturing into this forum and participating in these discussions implies that you are interested in these topics.
We can't begin to truly discuss these topics if we're constantly arguing about if God is real or not.
Imagine discussing algebra while someone keeps interjecting that they still don’t believe in addition. The very reason that classes such as these have prerequisites is so new ground can be covered in the subject.
To sum things up. Let's stay on topic and allow discussions to take place without constant interference.
Drawing lines in the sand like this and creating bubbles for people to sit in protected is the death knell of honest discussion. That announcement thread is embarassing for ATS as a whole.
Imagine that you are a teacher of Roman history and the Latin language, anxious to impart your enthusiasm for the ancient world ...
Thats a big undertaking and it takes time, concentration, dedication. Yet you find your precious time continually preyed upon, and your class's attention distracted, by a baying pack of ignoramuses (as a Latin scholar you would know better than to say ignorami) who, with strong political and especially financial support, scurry about tirelessly attempting to persuade your unfortunate pupils that the Romans never existed. There never was a Roman Empire. The entire world came into existence only just beyond living memory...
Instead of devoting your full attention to the noble vocation of classical scholar and teacher, you are forced to divert your time and energy to a rearguard defence of the proposition that the Romans existed at all: a defence against an exhibition of ignorant prejudice that would make you weep if you weren't too busy fighting it.
You mentioned the UFO Topics and how you would'nt go there and argue about the existence of Aliens...still such debate is healthy for such or any topics as this debate allows for the topic to STAY HONEST.
Originally posted by sk0rpi0n
Can you imagine a non-believer in UFO's going over to the UFO section and making posts in threads dismissing outright the UFO phenomena as a hoax and the people who believe as "delusional"?
I also stated that in order to preserve the integrity of a debate and ensure that the replies given by people are their honest beliefs...it is better to have to deal with a few pains in the ass...then to have to destroy ones own topic by getting replies from people that are not their true beliefs as they feel watched and monitored.
The issue isn't atheists trolling religion, it's people just not bothering to read a thread and then leaving whatever stub-like opinion they have lying around like garbage in the middle of it. (Same posters over and over usually)
Originally posted by FlyersFan
(or even better - ATS could just close the theology forum.
This is a conspiracy site and it isn't like there are any conspiracies discussed in that forum)
It's a discussion board. People show up who you'll disagree with.