So I’m playing Borderlands 2 right now and I run into a character in the game that quotes this line:
“Once I am human, I will talk to you about things that are of little or no importance. I will avoid religion and politics because if you disagree, you may no longer like me”
-Mal, the robot in Borderlands 2 that wants to be human
…and then I’m thinking: You know what? Perhaps it does sort of come down to that. We avoid the topic of religion because we just don’t want to risk not being appreciated.
We only want to be loved. Yes, no?
Wow, when did you get so cynical?
Probably from reading a few too many of those religion arguments that tend spawn on Youtube comments. 100% of which devolve into a bitter stalemate
Though to be fair, those are by no means a contemporary example of religious discussion. They usually involve one smartass making a snide remark about the existence of God (even on completely unrelated subjects) followed by everyone else verbally beating the crap out of him. Not exactly a case where people hash out their existences in a logical and open manner.
But it’s not just that. I’m also left with a very bad experience with religion discussions that’s made me permanently weary of them. One time I got myself stuck into a Youtube-style religion debate myself when I was younger. Back when I was still in high school and totally in on the whole creationism thing, one guy on a gaming forum I posted on, made a thread. In this thread he demanded a reason why he should believe in God (NOTE: Nobody on the forum ever told him to believe in God. This dude was just being a dick). I took the troll bait. Regard that I was a major dumbass in high school.
My first response to this guy did not delve into creationism or challenge any other beliefs/scientific theories. I simply answered the question: “people believe in God for X spiritual reasons blah blah blah”. I believe I did the right thing there.
But this dude was as much a jackass as I was stupid. He responded to that with a host of insults and blatant attacks on Christianity: “Gods not real! Here’s proof! [quotes his biology text book]”. At that point, being stupid, I began bringing out the creationist rhetoric “6000 years old, man and dinosaurs co-existed. Kent Hovind said so. etc”
You can guess where this went.
10 pages later and after being completely destroyed by a different guy who had a major in biology, that discussion reached a stalemate and I quit the thread with a statement that basically read “You all suck”. I never felt so bitter and sick in my life.
The experience was so bad that whenever I see atheists attacking creationists while claiming the intellectual high ground, I just want to slap them. And that’s coming from someone who stopped believing in creationism years ago.
When religion discussions go wrong, they can really hurt.