One of the problems with me and the blogging/forum media is that I like to do a lot of thinking on the fly. It may not come out as much in the posts as it does the comments, but I really enjoy the back and forth, the discussion, and the questions. I also am highly opinionated, as you all know, but I’d like to feel that I’m still opened to learn.
All that being said, I believe that I jumped too far upstream in my latest few posts on this site, and with some of the comments I jumped too quickly in responding.
Part of the problem with online communication is that we neither see or hear the person we’re talking with. We read in things that aren’t there. We generalize background based on preconceived notions about who people are. And this happens whether you’re random IM’ing people or spewing your ideas on blogs and forums.
So, with the latest topic, I didn’t think that my responses did the topic justice. In the case of Morals without Christianity, I jumped to conclusions about what what was being said, inferring some things that he wasn’t saying based on things that I had been reading elsewhere.
In Christian Atheism I didn’t lay a good foundation so I had people believing that I’m saying slanderous things about the character of individuals where I was making philosophical statements.
This necessitates that I take a step back and make a concerted effort to clarify my position– if there’s still people that are interested in hearing it.
In order to help, I will start next week a multi-part series on the topic after I’ve done some more thinking, but with a twist. I will be publishing it with the comments closed until the whole series (less than 5 parts I’m envisioning right now) is published. At that time I’ll unlock them all so that discussion can happen on any one topic.
The reason that I’m doing this is that I want to present a consistent, thought out set of posts without the distraction of trying to defend the individual pieces distracting from finishing the whole.
For those of you not interested in this topic, I have a few other posts in mind, and those will also come out and those comments will all be open.
Thanks for your patience.