1. Be nice.
2. Be respectful.
3. Keep your scripture quotations to 50% of your comment or less. The closer to 0% you get, the happier I will be.
Above 50%, the probability that your comment will be deleted is approximately equal to the percentage of direct scripture quotations included. That probability increases if you use the King James Version. I want your opinion, not a list of verses you think will set me straight. I was raised fundamentalist. I have read all of those verses at least once and could quote most, if not all of them, from memory, I swear. I know verses.
4. Please don’t invent logical fallacies or logic in general. Let’s stick with the ones that a quick google search will reveal. I’m looking at you, “cup and coin fallacy.”
5. Please share your views graciously.
I believe in absolute truth, I just don’t believe any of us has it.
Bad: You’re wrong because…
Good: I disagree because…
Acceptable: This is wrong because… [link to news story from reputable source that provides factual evidence against a fact, not against an argument].
6. When making bold claims, please provide documentation of some sort. A link to a think-tank does not count as documentation. I like my news from reputable sources.
7. Disagree agreeably. I allow and encourage disagreement with my posts, but if you play John Piper to my Rob Bell, I will bid you farewell.
Failure to abide by this policy may result in comment removal. If you repeatedly break it, I will ban your account and your IP address. I want to share ideas and learn from your stories and experiences, not read long comments filled with out-of-context Bible verses about why I’m wrong about everything and need to repent. I grew up with those comments and those verses, and I really don’t care to have them thrown at me anymore.
Have a good talk!
I don’t have any lawyers, but google’s lawyers made me say this.
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