posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 08:22 AM
The problem with theists discussing religious matters with non-theists is that we are never on the same platform.
Well, I don't post in all of your threads. When I do, it is often a thread like this one, where the question concerns some point of Christian
doctrine, or something from the Chrisitian Bible.
It seems to me that you and I are on very nearly equal footing in such matters, since neither of us is a Christian apologist.
Thats because, I would first need to convince you that certain religious concepts are real before getting down to the details of it.
As long as any hypothesis is well-formed and logically possible, it is discussable. Besides, "getting down to the details of it" is often a step
along the way toward judging whether or not something is real. Either order, then, might arise in conversation.
For example, do you think I can discuss heaven and hell with you, if you don't even believe in the basic premises of an afterlife.. or heaven
and hell? I think not.
I have had discussions with other people who believe in an afterlife, and among them, there were all sorts of different beliefs about what that
afterlife might be like, including various ideas about heaven or hell, or closely related concepts under other names. It's not obvious why I
couldn't have such a conversation with you.
In any case, all members of the ATS community may contribute to any thread here. It seems to me that you have complained about another site's
religious qualification for posting in some threads, when you had something you wanted to contribute from your religious perspective, which was
different from what the other site required for posting to the thread(s) in question.
I'd think you'd be pleased that ATS has no such thing. I am.