I posted on Facebook (via GetGlue.com) that I was currently reading Bart Ehrman’s ‘God’s Problem’ to which a friend commented “dislike.” Amost immediately, mind you. I wondered if he responded this way out of distaste for the title. To my knowledge, he’s not an unbeliever, but he’s never shown himself to be overtly faithful, either. And I seriously doubt he’d even had time to remotely explore what the book is about. It’s a somewhat provactive title, but could just as easily been written by a theologian in defense of Christianity, etc.
My subsequent thinking on the matter led me here. The funny part about it is this: the person who left the comment happens to be of two different societal groups to which much derision and intolerance has been heaped. I find it most puzzling, if fascinating, how even the oppressed can oppress others with impunity.
I have respect for this individual, so I didn’t really pursue the matter much. I see scores of religious posts on Facebook – ranging from “please pray for…” requests for people going through difficulties, to overt messages such as the oft-posted “Will you repost this and stand up for Jesus, or be afraid and just delete it?” And yet, I say nothing. I generally hold a certain level of respect for these people; otherwise I wouldn’t have them on my friends list. And while I’m all for healthy debate, it is rare that I find someone who would actually wish to intelligently debate such topics, rather than simply emotionally browbeat in defense of their position.