This thread really should be called, “Why do you do apologetics?”, but this was funnier… at least to me.
I’ve noticed that many people in this forum tend to post to about subjects internal to Catholicism. Usually this type of thread deals with the question, “What does the Catholic Church say about…?” This question can be phrased any number of ways, but it is pretty much the same question: Should I? Do I have to? Is this right? What do you think about? Generally, the answers clear and unambiguous. There is no great mystery to discovering what the Catholic Church really teaches.
My question actually deals with the other form of apologetics. Attempts to justify faith in general. This kind of thread deals with trying to convince the non-believer that they are wrong or that the Catholic Church is right.
I have been in many such arguments and have noticed an interesting trend. The point doesn’t seem to be to prove a point to non-believers, but rather to prove to believers that they are right. I have now been told several times that something has already been proven to me. If I am still unsatisfied it is because I am too closed-minded or that I am too unwilling to see the truth.
I can actually tell you that the opposite is true. I am far, far, far more open minded to Catholicism than the average non-believer. I have tried to tell some of my non-believing friends about debates I have had on this forum. Usually, I can’t even get out a third of the argument before someone says, “That’s just stupid.” I can’t convince most people to pay attention to Anselm long enough to get to my argument against it. I am actually interested in whether the Catholic Church is the true Church. I admit, I have serious doubts, and those doubts are growing daily, but I still am willing to concede the possibilty.
So my question is: Are people just trying to prove to themselves that they are right?
If so, why bother? I mean why would you go to a bunch of people who are biased to believe your argument in order to see if it is right? Why not challenge people who are against your opinion. Or go to someone who is neutral (although who that could be, I don’t know).
If your purpose is to spread the truth, why not try to focus on arguments and techniques that build bridges rather than create chasms? It seems to me that some people think that they are doing a good job of apologetics if the annoy non-believers.
I’m sure that this will come up, and it’s a fair question, so I will explain why I come back to this board over and over.
- I might not get a satisfying response, but at least hear I can type out an argument before someone says, “That’s just stupid.”
- On the few occasions that people seem to drop their defenses and really communicate it can be really fun.
- I like the board layout and choice of smilies.
- People post more frequently here than on some of the other sites I’ve tried, so I don’t have to wait weeks for a response from someone.
- I’m a little nuts.:banghead: :yup: