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Discussion 2 to Ask the Patriarch 200
This site is primarily about promoting and supporting disbelief for disbelievers.

by: JT

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Several months ago, I was asked why I put so much time, effort, and money into this web site. Part of my answer was that:

To summarize, the site is primarily about promoting and supporting disbelief for disbelievers. And that is different from focussing on attacking belief.

Sure I could be more critical about believers and their beliefs - but Janet - you are the first in thirteen years to criticize me for not being critical enough. I have been accused several times over the years in the various published discussions of being overly critical.

But regardless, I am not going to focus on attacking religion in general. It's pointless, it changes no minds, and there are a thousand and more agnostic and atheist web sites already doing it.

I do attack certain specific positions of some religions, particularly when leaders and followers of those religions try to force the rest of us to comply with their beliefs. Take intelligent design / creationism for example, and the attempts to get it into school's science curriculum. I'm sure you find it as offensive in its wilful religious-based ignorance as I do. I have attacked it regularly. But in my view, intelligent Christians - those who can read the Bible metaphorically - are not our enemies in this particular battle. We stand a better chance of beating the creationist menace by pointing out that acceptance of evolution is not inconsistent with Christian belief. I prefer this one-small-step-at-a-time approach which actually stands a chance of gradually changing a mind, than an either / or approach of Darwin-or-God - which only serves to lock the creationist into his position. And that's why I was reasonably polite in the latest such exchange on this very issue.

While the purpose of this site is not to change minds (it is to support disbelief) the possibility exists that I might occasionally positively influence a religious believer. I don't choose to be so antagonistic as to lose those opportunities.