Today is one of those days where I can really understand the atheists who avoid the whole religion discussion. And even the ones who want nothing more than to antagonize the religious. For the most part, I’d prefer to have an honest conversation with those that I disagree with. I want to get to know them as people and understand why them believe what the believe. I have no intention of converting anyone, but I do like to have these conversations.
However, it is really hard to find people who share this interest. I know a number of atheists who enjoy it, but, since I’m an atheist, these conversations are pointless to have with them. At least, they are in the way that I have them in religious believers. This is one reason why I like interfaith groups: the people there are usually happy to have conversations about belief, both in general and theirs personally. And they’re genuinely interested to hear about my belief. But most religious people are not like that. If I try to start these conversations with believers, I find I get one of two responses: they either lash out angrily or they throw rhetoric at me and it never goes farther than that.
And the responses are worse when it comes to my own blog. Luckily, I have found a few people who are interested in having real conversations. They will ask me questions and actually expect an answer in return. They will reply politely and will remain friendly throughout the entire conversation. And, to those of you who fit this description, I’d like to say thank you. Those conversations are a lot of fun and very informative. I wish all conversations were like that. But too many are not like that. Too many people come here and throw assertions at us like it’s holy water or something. They seem to think we’ve never heard these words before. They seem to think we’ll read their rhetoric that is never presented with evidence and suddenly have a revelation. But it doesn’t work like that. We’ve read it all before. We had read it long before we started blogging. It’s not going to suddenly work now because you’ve said it. Both of us are perfectly willing to respond to your issues with our posts. We don’t think we’re perfect. We don’t think that we always get it right. But rhetoric isn’t compelling. Evidence is. Give us reasons why we’re wrong, don’t just throw words at us.
We also get no few insulting comments, but I’ve already wrote a post about that. We aren’t here to be your atheist-strawmen punching bags. If you don’t like what we have to say, you don’t have to read it. Nobody is making you push the like button. Nobody is forcing you to comment. Insults aren’t productive. They won’t make us go away and they certainly won’t make us change our minds.
I set my blog up because I like writing and we both want to get our ideas out there. But right now I’m quite sick of the Christian community out there. To be fair, I’m annoyed with a few atheists too. But mostly it’s the Christians. I’m tired of the rhetoric. I’m tired of the insults. Yes, I’m an atheist, but I’m a human too. So can you please just show some respect?