- Apr 2, 2003
There is a place for debate and there is a place for discussion among like minds. Church is a place for the later and everywhere else is the place for the former.
Where I live you don't argue unless you and the other person have agreed to make an argument out of it. It's rude to argue or to debate with someone's opinion without getting permission. That's the culture I live in. I argue on here because it's pretty well assumed that people post and expect confrontation, but I am generally a very non-argumentative person.
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.
Further, I don't do well in the science section because I frankly don't know much about science and I can't learn anything from like minds in there for the same reason that you don't put a person trying to learn English into a literature class reading "La Morte'd Arthur".I can read articles, sure, but a lot of them go over my head and then I need to ask questions, and when I do I don't get answers I get "That answer is wrong, so let me tell you what I feel is right."
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.