I have not put out a newsletter in about a month because I have been very busy. Please excuse my tardiness. There have been many new developments with CARM. Presently, I am in a heated debate with an atheist (and by proxy, the rest of them) on my discussion board. To see it, go here. The thread that contains the debate has been looked at over 5000 times. The topic is atheism and morality. I proposed that atheists can make no moral assertions since their morality is subjective. I also stated that beliefs lead to actions and that subjective morality would be manifested by the atheists. So, during our debate I instructed the moderators of the boards (we have many people who help moderate and implement the rules of the CARM discussion boards), to not apply the rules to the atheists. In other words, let the atheists behave the way they want to. As a result, the atheists started to increase in the number of rule violations . I compile the list of their violations and inserted it into our debate as evidence of my position. The atheists became very upset with me. I have been accused of all sorts of things including setting them up, being divisive, being mean, etc. But all I did was state my position, stopped enforcing the board rules on them, and they provided the rest.
It turns out that some of the board moderators did not like the approach I used -- letting the atheists go unmoderated so I could cite their rule violations. But, most of them thought it was great. We found out that a couple of moderators who disagreed with me actually started feeding the atheists information from private conversations that only the moderators and I have access to. There are so many more details (atheists hassling Christians, berating them, etc.) that could be mentioned, but suffice it to say, it has been an uphill battle defending the faith and keeping the CARM boards civil. It turns out the atheists don't like being proven wrong.
- "I wanted to say that I really appreciate your work on this site. I've been using it like a fiend lately in my apologetic discussions. Without it, I would have been lost trying to find just the right bible quote, or background on a concept", Stephen.
- "God Bless you and keep up the SOUND THEOLOGY!" Todd
- "I just discovered your web site. I read the truths about Christian Science and your insights into Parables and the Good Samaritan parable. I loved the whole thing, especially your truths about parables. It filled me with joy and understanding. I will return to your site again and again." Albert
- "I am truely impressed about the shear volume of resources I have here for reserch. You've done all the work it seems!" Robert
The requests for information keeps coming. As I said in the last newsletter, the best I can do is put them on the to-do list and hope to be able to get to them in the future. Once I get full-time with CARM, I will be able to produce a lot more information and, hopefully, finally get a staff to help work full time with CARM, not to mention positioning someone to take it over after I'm gone.