Comment + Privacy Policy


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, unless it’s a think-tank that generally goes against your views. (Progressives might use the Cato institute to respond to disagree with conservative viewpoints, for example). 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.

If you need more information or have any questions about this privacy policy, please feel free to use the contact form at the bottom of the about page.

This document outlines the types of personal information the device you use to visit my blog sends, and the types my blog collects, and how it is used.

Log Files keeps log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, what type of web browser you’re using, your Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track your anonymized movement around the site, and gather demographic information. None of this information is linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

How I Get Your Information, and How I Use It
There are three ways I can get personally identifying information about you from this site, and one more from other sites:

(1) If you send me a message using the about page and include your email address and first and last name, I will get an email with that information.

(2) If you comment using Disqus, it will show me and any other users the information you’ve provided to Disqus and set as public.

(3) If you sign up for email updates, I will be able to see your email address. I will only use that address to send you my latest blog posts as they come out, and WordPress will send those automatically.

(4) If you “Like” my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or put me in your circles on Google+, I’ll be able to see any information about you that you share publicly.

Cookies and Web Beacons
.:: I use WordPress for hosting. WordPress hosting will only give you cookies if you comment using wordpress, and I do.

.:: I’m using the Facebook plugin. It will tell you whether you like my page or not. Facebook’s cookie and privacy policies are available on their web site. What information they collect through that plugin, and what they do with that information, is entirely beyond my control.

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These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to send the advertisements and other external links that appear on directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see. If you click on an ad, it will tell the advertising network that you came from this site. That way, I get paid.

I have no access to or control over cookies used by third-party advertisers, or by Facebook.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices and for instructions on how to opt-out of certain practices.’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, other advertisers or web sites.

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5 responses to “Comment + Privacy Policy”

  1. lisa pate Avatar
    lisa pate

    Have you read “GOD is not Great” by C Hitchens? I’d be interested to hear your critique.

    1. David M Schell Avatar

      I haven’t, yet, no. I may look into it, though. If it’s philosophy, I’m sure I’ve heard better arguments against God. I would be curious either way, though.

    2. Brad Avatar

      It’s okay. He made some very good points that need honest responses instead of Christian platitudes, but it was spoiled a bit when he got obviously disingenuous — as in setting up strawman arguments that he must have known were misrepresentations. So … kind of uneven.

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  3. Larry Harper Avatar
    Larry Harper

    I agree with this post. I live in the South. I enjoy watching Second Presbyterian in Memphis on TV. It’s the same tired stuff in the Evangelicals Churches. I also enjoy most Methodist services, although they tend to be a lil too conservative down here. Look forward to reading more David.

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