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Faith: Dr. Bob

Posted by Simus on March 10, 2004, at 17:36:52

Dear Dr. Bob,

Webster defines faith as: Belief; trust; confidence; conviction in regard to religion; system of religious beliefs; strict adherence to duty and promises; word or honor pledged.

On a "faith" message board, you are going to get "faith" responses. When someone is talking (or in this case, writing) about their faith, their words represent their belief, trust, confidence, and conviction. It just isn't reasonable, by the very definition of faith, for you to require that people posting here be supportive of all faiths, because that would mean that they would have to deny their own beliefs and convictions to do so. You may want to ask people to be tolerant, rather than supportive, to those of other beliefs. I may be able to be tolerant of a member of WICCA, for example, but I could never be supportive. It is too contrary to my own convictions. And when you ask people to alter their messages, one of two things has to happen. They either have to deny their faith, or they have to change their faith (the latter is not likely to happen). Asking someone to deny their faith is, to me, unreasonable.




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