Mudcat Café message #1409333 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #78311   Message #1409333
Posted By: Amos
14-Feb-05 - 11:13 AM
Thread Name: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
Subject: RE: BS: Giving up religion for Lent...
This forum is designed by its owner, who chose not to define it as to subject or constrain it except with regard to personal attacks and battle-mode posts.

ANyone is entitled to start a thread here about Christianity, be it "Thoughts on the World and the Devil" or "Jesus Wants You for a Sunbeam".

Because it is an open forum, such threads may elicit vehemently antagonistic beliefs in response.

Conversely, anyone is entitled to start a thread entitled "Why I am Not a Christian", although no-one has, quite, and the counter-flak they inherit will probably be a reflection of the care they put in to the post.

There is no separation of church and state decreed here, as far as I know, except by the consensus of those who visit -- particularly its members.

The things that routinely elicit hostility, in my experience, are condescension, supsercilious assertions of knowledge not earned and not accurate, and arm-waving hyperbole whether pro or con.

Here's what works: tolerance, curiousity, consideration of others' feelings, a personal sense of integrity (holding true to that which you know) balanced with courtesy, and a love and interest for music, and a desire to see others do well.

Notice that many of those are actually Christian virtues.