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A watch(ed) maker never (produces a plague of) boils
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shermarama From: shermarama Date: November 5th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not quite sure how I've managed this, given how many times people have told me I'm overbearing in arguments, but on this one, me the hardcore atheist and my boyfriend the church-goer can have serious and interesting and non-contentious conversations. Possibly because we're both aware that it could be such a nightmare and we want it not to be, although I think we have surprisingly compatible positions on what religion is despite the fundamental difference. He thinks the Bible is the word of God filtered through various translations, misunderstandings and interesting literary styles, and I think it's the same thing apart from being the word of men who really want there to be a God, which leaves plenty of room for going 'ooo' about the interesting structures and stuff. I dunno, just to say, possibly the exception that proves the rule, I have found a situation where it's not thermonuclear war.
boyofbadgers From: boyofbadgers Date: November 5th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
As an atheist with overbearing tendencies, I've also managed to have a large number of decent conversations about religion with religious people in person. The internet is a different matter, though, and the ox/ucam section especially so. I don't think it's entirely down to the simple distancing effect of words on the screen as opposed to IRL either - these conversations tend to draw large crowds when conducted online, and discussing anything contentious with a large group of acquaintances is a much trickier business than doing so with one or two friends. Not only is there the basic problem of having to address multiple different positions at the same time, there's also the tendency to grandstanding that talking to an audience brings out in a lot of people, which in turn puts other people's backs up.
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