Following is a question that was asked on another blog …
Why is it that so many comment sections [on theist blogs] can devolve into a nasty attack on those who disagree?
I think I may have some answers.
- Most of the information Christians share has come from what they’ve been told by their church leaders — and it’s not always accurate. When called on it … they become angry.
- Some Christians believe “God’s Word” is all it takes to win their case so the entire conversation revolves around scripture. When this approach doesn’t seem to have any effect … they become angry.
- Many believers feel Christian apologists have all the answers. When a non-believer disputes this and offers opposing sources … they become angry.
- Christian bloggers tend to use the same arguments over and over, believing this time it will “take.” When it doesn’t … they become angry.
- There are some Christians who are simply not open to opposing information. It’s their way or the highway and if you disagree … they become angry.
Naturally, these aren’t the only reasons, but I feel they are the more common ones. Feel free to share your perspectives.
In closing, here is some advice I came across. It behooves ALL of us (on both sides) to keep it in mind when discussing religious matters in the blogosphere.
To win arguments, be prepared to use evidence to show why you’re right. When gathering this evidence, be sure to find credible sources that give you access to solid facts and relevant examples. Remember that getting emotional during an argument is a surefire way to lose! Always strive to keep your cool.