[quote=Sir Knight]I disagree. I believe that as Catholics, we have a responsibility to “defend our faith” and not let false statements regarding the Catholic church left unchallenged.
I agree. I just do not see fighting in a message board as being winnable.
[quote=Sir Knight]While it may do no good in convincing those who hate the Catholic faith and have no interest in learning, it will at least present an element of doubt in the minds of those who come across those statements and have no opinion one way or the other.
Those that held no opinion one way or the other will, more than likely, find a Catholic board and see both arguments. If they do not seek out what the Church truly says, then I would suggest that they have already formed an opinion.
[quote=Sir Knight]If they then wish to learn more, they will dig deeper to try and determine the truth. If our comments are not present and only the false protestant comments are there unchallenged, then they (“those who come across those statements and have no opinion one way or the other”) are more likely to walk away accepting those opinions as being truthful.
Those that “walk away” with only one side of the issue will come to the battlefield unprepared and will easily be deposed. Let THEM come.
Look, I am NOT suggesting that we run away from the war here. I am saying that we need to choose the fields that the battles will take place on. Individually parachuting into an enemy (not literally our enemy) stronghold (message board) will not usually win the battle. Most people will be overrun by haters of the Church and made to appear unable to adequately defend their position simply by the sheer number of posts that will be heaped on them and the time it takes to individually respond to each one of them. If they are not fast enough in responding or do not have all the right answers, Protestants (those that hate Catholics) will claim victory and “lurkers” will favor the stronger side. As far as I am concerned, I know my limitations and my patience is not a strongpoint. I choose the field on which the battle will be fought based on my abilities to fight. For those of you who are patient and have the knowledge and the time to respond to multiple attacks on a daily basis, may God go with you. From my own experience, I know that I am unable to effectively defend an entire battlefield (that is not of my choosing) against an enemy that outnumbers me by 100s or 1000s. Let me encounter one face to face in my daily life and it is a different story. I would not expect that a Protestant would be able to come to these boards, issue a challenge against the Church, and not be blasted by Catholics. It would be ignorant to believe that the anti-Catholics would not feel the same way about defending their hatred.