Redpower wrote:Actually, after thinking about it further and listening again, you must have just done this as a joke. I've listened to almost 40 hrs. of commentary from you (Emery) and I've gathered that you're well read...
It certainly looks like it's not your cup of tea, Red. For me, it's almost enjoyable to experience the cringe factor. It's a trip down memory lane because I used to believe stuff like it - which, I have to say is somewhat fortunate, because I think if I had been a more liberal Christian like WondersForOyarsa, or more recently Pseudonym and Scott Barger (note: examples of past and present Christian forum members), I think I might have had a harder time of... well... I'll call it outgrowing Christianity.Emery wrote:The point of this show, however, is not to win a debate, but to have a discussion. The goal is not to shut the other side down, but to say "Okay, for the sake of argument, let's say I agree with your premises: now what?"
Now I understand that this isn't everyone's cup of tea.
Emery wrote:Thanks for the feedback guys, and Red, for the candid and insightful comments.
Redpower wrote:^^ 3/10, you're not clever, nor are you mildly amusing. Stop trying.
Emery wrote:We ended up taping a show and actually having a great conversation. And I say actually because our beliefs - religiously, theologically and in some cases ethically - are pretty diametrically opposed, he being a fundamentalist Christian and me being an atheist. But despite that, I think you'll notice as you listen that even though what we believe doesn't line up, there's this underlying thread of, I don't know what it is, maybe understanding. Just because we're having this conversation and we're understanding each other, not so much through what we say but maybe how we say it. It's an elusive thing that we've been pursuing on this podcast over the years. Just the idea of conversation.
Danny Edge wrote:The church has gone to all kinda, you know, "name it, claim it, gimme money, gimme what I want when I want it" and that's not a God at all. But I'll tell ya one thing, I'd love to have you as a next-door neighbor.
Redpower wrote: And by the way, are you going to let Scott get away with not believing in any of the Christian tenants but still having the nerve to call himself a Christian? I mean, at least ask him to define Christian. Since he ignores my posts, can you ask him for me?
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