Regular contributors here are familiar with @dcscccc, a strong skeptic of evolution and proponent of Intelligent Design. Many of you have engaged with him, at length, over many months.
Recently, after much conversation and many private comments from contributors, I (with the support of the moderators) made the decision to ask dcscccc to leave our community. The reasons for this decision don’t need to be shared here. My intent is not to publicly shame this person. But I know that when someone disappears suddenly from conversation, it’s a bit jarring. So I wanted to let everyone know what happened.
I will say this: Being the moderator here has made me realize how hard it is for different perspectives of origins to truly listen to each other. On some level, I don’t even know if it’s possible, once people are approaching the same issue with such diametric differences in their premises. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to listen. We should try really, really hard. I think that follows from the spirit of “gracious dialogue” motivated by Christian beliefs. And I’m really proud of this community for embodying that spirit in so many ways.
So if you have any parting words (gracious, positive) to say to @dcscccc, this thread is the place. @dcscccc will be able to read them. Ungracious words will be removed. Also, if you disagree with our decision, send me a private message. Don’t post your dissent below.