Grammar wrote:"The chances are that you two won't agree" = no kidding? Is that not a reason why this website exists in the first palce? People commonly discuss the points they disagree on.
I don’t think we agree on this, so here is what I think the forum is for.
Throughout history, if you questioned the status quo belief system, it was a time of change, or you were starting a movement. Either way, you would be labelled an outsider, infidel or apostate and you were removed, possibly permanently. We live in a time of rapid change and fortunately in a time that values ideas. If the value of ideas gets much lower, I fear the consequences. The last century should have taught us what can happen.
So, this forum is “removed” from the public square of “God bless you” and 10 commandments monuments and “shall we pray” and “what church do you go to”. When you enter here, there is usually an expectation that you will present your beliefs clearly and provide evidence for why you hold them. If you can’t give a concise answer to what “faith” is or what “spirituality” is, you will probably not get much respect. Since no one I know has ever given an answer to those, here or anywhere, just using the words at all is suspect.
I’m not saying you are not welcomed here. I was just listening to Chris Mooney talk about how all people need to learn to frame their discussions so they can be understood. I may think a Christian has a blockage in their head that allows them to accept the virgin birth, but if they can supply 50 people to help me send food to Haiti, I need to avoid that and find common ground so we can work together.
If you are attempting to increase understanding, that’s great. If you are attempting to convince me there is such as thing as “knowledge by faith”, good luck.