"Will it work"?
"I doubt it"
"Shall we give it a try"?
"Not if you got great expectations"
"Oh! ye of little faith, here goes anyway"
Welcome everyone. AN EXPERIMENT.
In a recent reply from Bellatori he reminded me of the term "common ground" a meeting place for people of opposing notions.
I pondered what would be the common ground for atheists and theists and felt that *humanity* must be it. you were a human being before ever becoming atheist or theist or adopting the labels of nationality etc. and regardless of anything that primary status remains until you peg it.
So what does humanity mean, to be human, that thing that binds us and unites us all under one heading. Is it being Humane to each other in spite of our differences, because if we allow our differences the upper hand we become fragmented and dis-united,
I have read here on some threads that atheists alternative to religion is humanity and a moral code, which is what i think remains in scriptures if you remove all the spiritual stuff. And what you believe should either be an extension of that humanity or a way of realizing it.
My personal interpretation of being humane is recognition of kindred human beings and to respect them as such with understanding and kindliness. But in this i fail often.
Ah! yes the EXPERIMENT?
To see if we can collectively discuss our humanity from our individual perspectives, atheist and theist in a humane way with respect towards each other and to seek common ground.
Your only weapon is respect, all other verbal WMDs to be left at home. So please no sniping.
"So how long do you think it will last"
"Not long, that's if it it even gets started"
"Don't be such a pessimist"
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