Is it safe to conclude that any rational debate/conversation with Christians is unproductive?

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  • 1 month ago
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    When two parties to any debate/conversation are being rational, then it is productive.

    When one party is being irrational, then it is unproductive.

    If both parties are being irrational, then it is unproductive.

    Most debates/conversations about Christianity are based on urban myths, prejudices and even disinformation in some cases. And Christians can hold some of those too.

    One wise Christian pointed out: "But a man is not really convinced of a philosophic theory when he finds that something proves it. He is only really convinced when he finds that everything proves it." [G.K. Chesterton cited in David Robertson’s book Engaging With Atheists, p 55 (The Good Book Company, 2016 reprint)] This means that an irrational person will keep resisting one evidence after another that 'threatens' his cherished world-view unless, in his heart, he desires to learn and is open to possible change. But a rational person will acknowledge an evidence and include it (instead of immediately rejecting it), filing it away in his brain, to await further evidences that might lead to a change of belief. Two rational people will thus always part on good terms, even if they continue to disagree. They will not turn from disagreeing about a subject to attacking the other person.

    • Norine4 weeks agoReport

      Consequently when they won't listen (Jer 6:16) to "edification" (Eph 4:11-13) "GOD WILL SPEW THEM OUT" (Rev 3:15-17)!

  • 4 weeks ago

    religion isnt a debate or conversation ...its a fact and its faith

  • 4 weeks ago

    It is never safe for an atheist to speak with a man of God, because faith comes by hearing and hearing God's word.

    You just could become a Christian and receive the Gift of Eternal Life.

  • 4 weeks ago

    By definition Faith is not debatable. You might get someone to admit that they don't need proof; that they just believe.

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  • 1 month ago

    Christians have had the forefront for so long that they are confused. Yeah, there are other religions, and the belief in none, and they can't fathom that Scientology and other weird things are stealing their power.

    • Jackolantern
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      4 weeks agoReport

      That's because religion doesn't have a firm foundation to stand. Religious people keep saying the same things over and over without any solid proof and people are tired of acting like puppets to please them for saying it.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes  Roman Catholics never admit they were founded By the Pagan Constantine and the Islamic cult deny Mohamed was a Paedophile who had sex with Babies Goats Donkeys Camels and the dead

    there are 2 things that you should never discuss with Family and Real Friends that is Politics and religion

    • armouror
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      4 weeks agoReport

      It was a sad day for me when Australia took our Guns i was a weapons specialist in the RAF and a Marksman and for a short time in the RAAF also a weapons specialist had Arranged to Purchase a 1918 Lee Enfield 303" from the Lithgow factory and a 9 mm Browning Pistol

  • 1 month ago

    I can speak only of my experiences, and that is I have had rational conversations with many Christians ladies, young and middle aged that were very productive.  Just don't talk about religion, just talk to her.

  • 1 month ago

    More of a sweeping generalization that really doesn't help anyone. 

  • 1 month ago

    No. That would be an unwarranted generalisation.

  • yesmar
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    1 month ago

    No, that would be an erroneous conclusion. Both sides have to be rational and civil, not just the Christian side.

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