Because it's just easier that way. ;) I agree that church is typically for like-minded individuals as that is how it is done but I disagree that that is the way it should be, at least to the extent that it has gone. This is why there is no unity in the Church. Everyone wants to be with people they agree with and insulate themselves from everyone else; no one wants to be truly challenged in what they believe. It really comes down to "we have the truth so let's segregate ourselves from those who don't." IMO. Arguing in the common sense is generally rude. Discussing claims to truth through civil, rational discourse should never be considered rude. I'm not an argumentative person either but if someone makes a truth claim that clearly is false or even possibly not true, I have no problem calling them on it--pastor, leader, or layperson. Christianity is about truth and truth personified in Jesus; he is the Truth. If we want to say we have the truth of a matter, we had better be able to show why. Well, it isn't necessarily a place to learn about science. It is meant as a forum to discuss how science and Christianity relate, which implies that one should have a level of knowledge already if they are going to be a part of the discussion. So it can certainly make it difficult to learn science although not impossible and it will take time. But I agree, it's hard enough with those who aren't scientists but are studied in the common arguments. When actual scientists step in, I'm done. Actually, I'm done before that as I haven't studied much of it in a while. Most of what I have learned was through forums such as this. It does take time but there are a host of resources on the Internet and various books to help out. Anyways, whatever. A decision will be made very soon and if we go this route, we need to figure out how it can be implemented. Some things are easier said than done.