Thanks for this.I think there may be less reason for atheists like me to take Christians to task then there used to be. What do you think?
One of the reasons I am such a zealot is because I see how Christianity can have a negative impact on my country. I saw Americans basing their ideas for laws on The Bible instead of facts and reasons (e.g. abortion). I saw Christians trying to teach Intelligent Design in the science class. I saw Christians trying to tell students that Evolution was not fact and the Earth was 6,000 years old. And I felt a need to oppose this because it impacted me and my family.
Now I think the nation has changed and this may no longer be the case.
Christianity is in decline and more people are either non-believers or just do not let their faith drive their politics. I do not think there is a huge Christian influence on our laws and classrooms anymore. It is still there but I do not think it is as much of a threat as it used to be.
So I ask myself - why argue about Christianity then?
If people believe in God it is fine by me. People can believe in Jesus or Allah or Shiva - its a free country. And if that belief is not impacting me in any way then why on Earth am I seeking out conflict here on CARM?
I think tis possible that my original need to fight on these boards is moot. The nation changed and the impact of Christianity on my life is now about nil. I wonder if I am flexing this muscle out of habit or, worse, out of malice or some need to stroke my ego. And that's not healthy.
Maybe its time I changed too and just embrace everyone's beliefs - as long as they do not harm anyone else.
Anyhoo, I've been doing some soul searching and wanted to share
I don't mean to try convincing you you're wrong; if you've decided there's no longer a need to argue with Christians here (and/or everywhere else), then that's something I can't debate.
However, I'd like to point out that @Five Solas and I had an exchange this last month, and the substance of it might cause you to doubt your reasoning (behind your conclusion). Unfortunately, I haven't spent the time to look for it before responding (and I will try to link it here soon), but the gist was that there are studies which show that only the moderate Christian demographic is shrinking. The same studies show that fundamentalist Christianity is growing.
This means the people you might have been able to reason with are either deconverting, or moving into an area where conversation is useless (ie. fundamentalism). You might want to take a closer look at the decline of Christianity in the US; it appears to be being accompanied by a rise in fundamentalism.
If true, this might be a good reason to not stop...