In this blog I explore questions of belief and disbelief, ethics, evidence, etc, all relating to the question of whether God exists. Readers agree and disagree, and some accuse me of inconsistency or dishonesty.
I thought it might be worthwhile setting out, particularly for the benefit of non-believers who visit, how I try to work, and what readers can expect from me.
What you can expect here
Where I’m coming from
I believe in God and I try to follow the way of Jesus. The purpose of this blog is to present how I see the evidence for this belief, and offer those who don’t believe the same the opportunity to read, discuss, hopefully learn new things, share what they know and think, and consider without being browbeaten or insulted.
Evidence and information
Where relevant, I try to base my discussion of issues on what the best experts (scientists, philosophers, historians, etc) conclude. And I try to present this information fairly. I am a layperson on most of these matters, so to do this I put considerable effort into reading books and webpages by the best scholars, who I reference.
Presenting my views
I develop my views based on this evidence, in as open a manner as possible – outlining all the main views and why I come to my conclusions.
Bias and fairness
I recognise we all have biases, viewpoints and emphases. I try to be fair to all views, and to make clear my own assumptions.
Freedom to consider
I don’t press anyone to follow my view. I lay out the information and arguments, but the choice is yours and I respect that. I understand that others will choose differently.
Friends, not enemies
I enjoy friendly discussion, and all viewpoints are welcome. I see no reason why people who disagree cannot discuss amicably – we are all trying to make sense of life, and can always learn from someone else.
I am not interested in discourteous or combative discussions. If I occasionally overstep the mark in discussion, I will apologise.
You are welcome
Therefore people of all beliefs or none are welcome to discuss or comment here. I am not offended by disagreement and I am happy to have alternative views expressed. I want to be friends.
What I expect here
I hope anyone commenting will have a similar approach and I expect comments to remain polite. Nasty comments will be deleted to keep the site welcoming to others.
Thanks and welcome
Thanks for reading my blog. I welcome any feedback but if it is critical comment, please give some examples.