Christians are absolutely welcome on this blog, and I do welcome discourse from people of Faith. Since some of the regular readers of this blog are not Christians, and tend to be rather outspoken, I’d like to offer a few guidelines fer etiquette that might encourage fruitful dialog. These are not “rules,” just guidelines. If you step outside the guidelines, your chances of getting flamed will grow significantly.
1. If you want to dialog, you cannot monolog. When someone asks you a question, try to answer it as well as you can. If you go off on your own tangent, you are monologing, which is a waste of everyone’s time.
2. Don’t frame new discussions that are off topic from the original post. That is called “hijacking” and bloggers don’t like it any more than airlines do.
3. Don’t post long diatribes—especially when they were written by someone else. If at all possible, link them. And even then, only do it if it pertains to the original post. We all have the attention span of a gnat, so if you want to be read, keep your points brief.
4. When you don’t have a logical argument, don’t invent one. Believe it or not, if you say “I just believe it by faith” your response is valid because it doesn’t have any pretense toward logic. At that point, non-believers are forced to shrug our shoulders. It will frustrate non-believers, but that line of questioning is over at that point. If faith is your answer, you cannot expect any further dialog on that issue.
5. Have a thick skin. There will be a little back-slapping here, and that can make people of faith feel alienated. Try not to take it personally; people are much more direct on the internet. If we were out drinking a beer, people would behave differently.
6. If someone is trying to abide by the 5 rules of etiquette above, please avoid using personal attacks or hateful/angry speech. This is my blog, and I want to welcome every viewpoint. Please respect that and try not to alienate people of Faith. After all, if anyone needs to hear my message, it’s them. That being said, I won’t censor anyone from either viewpoint (unless someone gets WAY out of line).