March was a particularly good month for comments. Here are my pick of the best. If you didn’t make the list, you need to try harder next month 😉
- Rudest: “This is a lie. You are, like most theists I’ve met, a liar.” From The Barefoot Bum (Read full comment and response)
- Scariest: “I don’t know you . . . and frankly, I don’t want to… I pray, for your sake that, while there is still time, you will see the light, for if you let it go out, I can assure you the eternal darkness you will have to endure will remind you for a very long time just ignorant of the truth you really are.” From Glynn Adams (Read full comment and response)
- Kindest #1: “Beautifully written (but I suppose I get the joke)”. From David Holland. (Read full comment and response)
- Kindest #2: “I like your humor and your views on religion. I have never come across an angelic with such beliefs or would admit them.” From Ray Shoop. (Read full comment and response)
Together these respondents cover the full range from strong atheism through agnosticism to fundamentalist Christianity, with the moderating presence of the lovely David somewhere in between. And really this is what I’m blogging for – to explore a pathway between extremes, and to engage with all viewpoints in between. Keep it coming guys 😉
While Barefoot Bum’s comment was the most accusatory, it was nowhere near as scary as Glynn’s. Glynn’s illustrates two of my earlier posts very well – firstly, that those in the pre-critical / literal stage of faith often view those in the questioning phase as heretical hell-bound apostates. Secondly that fundamentalists can be pretty damn scary, not least to more moderate (or is that ‘wishy-washy’?) Christians.
There was a more passionate response in March mainly because I took the bull between my teeth, or the bit by the horns, and engaged with the good old hot-button topics of atheism and theism. Maybe in April I need to tackle homosexuality, or hell, or the best way to plant hyacinths (you know how vitriolic those hard-line horticulturalists can get). Do let me know if you have any preferences.
In my day job I get to do a little bit of blogging as well, usually on less controversial subjects… here’s this morning’s offering on the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s blog, concerning the possible discovery of new life…