Hello all. I've been a member here for a few months, but I never really introduced myself aside from a few blog comments, so I might as well take the opportunity to say hi right now.
But in any case, some recent events have led me to conclude that whatever hope I had for the enlightening power of the internet is severely misplaced. And no, it wasn't Youtube this time that did it.
I was on facebook earlier tonight, checking through my various notifications, when I noticed an invitation to vote in a poll titled "Is faith in Jesus Christ the only path to Heaven?" The answer to which was, of course, no; there is no path to an imaginary place.
So, after voting, I decided (silly, silly, stupid me) to look over the comments to see what my fellow enlightened humanoids thought about the subject. I know, I'm an idiot, right?
I skimmed the page, skipping over the almost immediate regurgitated bible verses, and noticed one saying something along the lines of taking the Bible as a historical document. I though responding to this was harmless enough, and replied refuting its status.
Fifteen minutes later, I had replied to about five other comments, working my way through several invocations of blind faith, three calls of Pascal's Wager, and one Cosmological argument. The last of these, I didn't mind addressing, but the others just made me feel a little bit sick.
The point of this blog, I suppose, is this: Why in the world do we continue to do this to ourselves? I can't help but feeling that every one of us knows by now that debating a theist on the internet is like trying to arm wrestle a brick wall: It's nearly impossible to push over, and even if you do, it just ends up falling on top of you.
Is there perhaps some perverse, masochistic pleasure that I get out of engaging in the futile? What gives you all hope for the cause?