Sunday, January 7, 2024

My general external posting disclaimer

I’ve been debating atheists and other worldviews online for about 20 years, on and off. It has proven a very effective method to refine my thinking. However, I have found it useful to set some ground rules:

  1. My apologies, in advance if I don’t get to your particular comment; the replies are occasionally voluminous, so I am forced to “cherry pick”. I post these topics to defend and bolster faith with reason, engender lively debate, and for worldview comparison. I’m not here to convert you. That’s not my responsibility. My worldview is based on classical Reformed Theology, so please keep that in mind.
  2. I sometimes toss out some non-fully formed thoughts out into the marketplace of ideas to get an idea of objections or perspectives I may not have considered as I mature my thoughts and apologetics. IOW: I don’t mind someone pointing out if I am illogical, but…
  3. I tend to disregard ad hominem responses. Starting off with “you’re stupid” or “you’re a liar” won’t get me engaged. In fact, you’ll likely get ignored and not get to substantiate any good reasoning that follows with my participation. Echo chamber debates are not very productive.
  4. To deal with topics that engender a voluminous response, I look at comments that get either the most "up votes" or supporting comments, then work to respond to that commentor.
  5. Sadly, replying to comments has to fall sometimes to my greater priorities. My lack of response is likely me focusing on other things I deem higher priority and definitely not a tacit capitulation. I deny any claims of that, in advance. If you are respectful and reasonable, I will try my hardest to respond. If you’re a jerk, you become lowest priority and should refer to ground rule #1.

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