Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
You may or may not know, but I like to preach to atheists on twitter. When I read their posts, I find a common theme
We're just as 'good' as people who are Christians
We have morals
We have standards
We live fulfilling lives.
So, I thought it might be interesting to have some discussions on this.
I am arranging for 3 Christians and 3 atheists to meet once a week to talk about our lives - with or whithout God as the case may be. These will be non-confrontational talks.. To compare. To talk. To encounter each other.
If you want to keep posted on the schedule, simple post on this discussion. I will be posting the time and dates of the discussion. It will be web-cast so you can listen either live or a recorded version.
Thanks for your interest!
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It's the implication that you seem to equate bestiality (between a person and a non-person) with homosexuality (between two consenting persons) that offends me, Juanita. I can't speak for Jim, but from what I know of him, I'd guess this is why he was offended as well.
Juanita said:Jim and Angie,
I am surprised at your response regarding the question about bestiality.
How do I know what you think about this? Some people think it is OK. Could launch into a story to illustrate, but I will spare you that.
And, if I don't know - wouldn't you be happy to have an opportunity to help the rest on the panel and the audience understand that that this is not something that you would think was a good thing? If it offends you to ask the question, I don't have a problem with dropping it.
Question 3 suggests your belief that having god at the center actually does some good. This is the kind of bias we mentioned last week.
I was under the impression this thread was only open to people who are taking part in the debate?
My top 5 (recognizing we'll probably only get to 3 or so) would be 1, 2, 4, 5, and 11
Angie the Anti-Theist said:Okay well it's the day of the discussion, less than 4 hours out and I still have no idea what of these questions we'll be asked (kinda like last week.) So I'm going to list each of the questions I saw proposed by the discussants here, and we can vote for the final set or we can just have a less rigid format. Does this sound acceptable to everyone involved? I've typed these in order of appearance.
1) Are ethics and morals learned or innate? Explain
2) Should children be taught "creation science" or "intelligent design" in school? Why, why not, & (for Christians) how do you feel about other Christians who disagree or their arguments?
3) Do you think confirmation bias and pattern seeking traits in the human brain contribute to people holding religious beliefs or other religious beliefs (meaning non-Christian believers)?
4) Was Jesus a liberal or conservative, as presented in the Bible? Explain
5) What does being a moral example in the world mean to you?
6) What do you see as benefits of living a Christian vs. secular life (or secular vs. Christian life)?
7) Apart from belief in god (or lack) What brings most fulfillment to your life and why?
8) (For atheists) Why do you think Christians have it all wrong?
9) (For Christians) Why do you think non-Christians (atheists & other believers) have it all wrong?
10) (For atheists) What could Christians do to facilitate better dialogue? What do Christians do to alienate you? (Then Christians can respond)
11) How can non-believers and believers work together to encourage critical thinking?
12) What, to you, would be credible evidence to change your views on the existence/non-existence of Yahweh?
13) What are your views on homosexuality, fornication, adultery and bestiality?
14) How do you feel about the statement "God should be the center of your life; when he is, all other things fall into balance?"
15) How do you feel about honesty, cheating, etc? How do you behave when no one is watching?
16) Do you believe lives should have a "center"? Why or why not?
Some of these are slightly reworded and some are combined as there were some that appeared very similar. Please cast your votes and make any edit suggestions to wording now. Let's all have these locked down as soon as possible, please! (And remember, some of these could easily be used for next week's conversation.)
Actually, Freedomist, this was a proposal originally suggested by myself and some other regular contributors to my blog. It was Juanita who took it upon herself to arrange things, which I was happy to let her do for fear that if "the atheist" had arranged it, it might appear to be biased. So you can imagine my disappointment that last weeks show was as skewed towards Christianity as it was, as opposed to the neutral debate I had orientally agreed to be part of. That is why we're hammering out a more honest format for this week's show.
I hope that clears up some misconceptions for you, or maybe you'd prefer it if we just talked about what you believe, despite compelling evidence to show you're wrong?