Another S/O of the bible reading questions. OP of them has considered letting her tween daughter read the conversations here about how different people are suggesting she approach this project, as well as how some people have insulted her for considering it.
If someone were to let their child (middle school aged on up), or anyone not already well-versed in your religion, read your postings in this section, and told them up front that you were a representative of your religion, and this is how people who practice that religion behave, how would your faith come across? How accurate a picture of your faith would they have when the reading was done?
Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 12:25 PM on May. 18, 2012
Answer by dullscissors at 12:27 PM on May. 18, 2012
Answer by feralxat at 12:33 PM on May. 18, 2012
Answer by ldmrmom at 12:51 PM on May. 18, 2012
Answer by Nimue930 at 1:25 PM on May. 18, 2012
I think I could show her that not all atheists feel the same way about every topic. The only thing we absolutely have in common is that none of us believe in the existence of any gods. Beyond that, we don't share doctrine, or necessarily even a common world view. We are individuals, with our own opinions. I own mine, and can defend them based on my experiences and knowledge. In the questions I posed, because they relate to my daughter, I feel I could let her read the posts and comments without fear of shocking her or causing any damage. Reading them might actually facilitate some discussions about how and why the topic of religion can be so volatile.
Answer by jsbenkert at 1:27 PM on May. 18, 2012
I should add that I wouldn't give her free rein to read through all of the posts, or even let her read those that weren't mine. When I used to write journals here, I'd share with her some of the ones I'd written. We had some really good talks about why I wrote them, why some people might have disagreed with my position, and what her feelings were about the topic. There are benefits to sharing this sort of medium.
Through the comments on my posts, I can also show how people of faith believe different things and conduct themselves differently from each other (just as atheists do). There are examples of people who can debate with dignity, refraining from personal attacks and defending their position. There are others who like to be condescending and rude, who use fallacious debate tactics to change the nature of the discussion.
Answer by jsbenkert at 1:32 PM on May. 18, 2012
Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 1:32 PM on May. 18, 2012
Answer by ldmrmom at 1:33 PM on May. 18, 2012