Line ‘em up
by Shelby Cade
In taking a few months off in blogging, I was somewhat surprised at a couple of atheist comments that I received. One of the comments made the point that my apologetics were no different than rehashed Josh McDowell arguments. Evidently, this person does not think highly of McDowell. The other comment referred to Master’s in Christian Apologetics as a mail-in degree. I wish he could of helped me with this mail-in degree financially. Both comments were deleted because I refuse to dialogue with ad hominem attacks. Name calling is easy, but it proves absolutely nothing.
How do individuals get past the extreme differences they have? Can differences be overcome? As already mentioned, in order to have meaningful dialogue the first thing that cannot take place is name calling or ad hominem attacks. Nothing does more to close the debate door than to rely on name calling. This form of speech is arrogant and in no way opens individuals up to any ideas you may want to put forth.
One way to dialogue is to try and be as open-minded as possible. Being open-minded is difficult, but not impossible. Sure, all individuals come with preconceived ideas, but trying to see and understand your opponents point before dialoguing with them is a good way to start. Practice empathetic consideration. Take time to chew on others ideas that are different from your own. Again, all individuals do not have a monopoly of being absolutely indifferent when it comes to worldview questions, but openness can be achieved to a high degree.
One of the worst arguments that I have heard from Christians is: "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!" This settles nothing except closing conversation for someone’s worldview that doesn’t believe in God…
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