I'd like us to chat about whether or not we should be debating with theists. Since joining this forum in November, I've gathered that the community is kinda split down the middle on the subject. I.e. it's a waste of time, or it isn't.
I have an insight to share that explains why maybe we should. (IMHO)
In the last few years of my involvement with the born again crowd (circa 1995), there was a lot of very intelligent conversation about how to alter a person's paradigm. IOW, convert someone to Christianity. The "intelligent" crowd were acknowledging that direct evangelizing no longer applied to modern society... we've all been fatigued by door-knockers, right?
The new way to proselytize was through "overhearing" the gospel. Which means people aren't being directly challenged IN THEIR FACE, but rather exposed to thoughts they perhaps had never heard before... in an indirect manner. Hence no resistance to the idea.
In my opinion, they are mostly right. That's why I think online public debates are valuable, cuz you never know who is listening on the sidelines.
My opinion, not yours...