My comments are not intended to tell @T_aquaticus he isn’t welcome. My comments were and are intended to get him to do a little soul-searching for what he writes on these boards.
I have, and still do, consider “T” to be one of the “Good Atheists”. He has been an asset to the BioLogos discussion for years.
But lately, he seems to be spending more time challenging the the beliefs of Christians that are well within the normal range for our Christian brothers. Certainly I have been known to do the very same. Unitarian Universalists are not exactly “mainstream” in the view of a great many Christians.
But on issues involving God’s role in creation, I have always striven (and I think successfully so) to make the distinction between “endorsing God’s role in creation” vs. “asserting that Science can detect God’s role in creation”.
@T_aquaticus, like me, is capable of producing quite a volume of postings… and when a frequent poster starts spending more and more of his time defending what is sometimes called “Godless Evolution” or “Darwinist Evolution”, it can start to unintentionally confuse many of the readers.
By confusion, I don’t mean they don’t know what they are reading. By confusion I mean readers start to associate BioLogos, or any other Pro-Evolution voice on a religiously-oriented forum, with the view that “God just doesn’t do evolution”.
Just so we are clear, and in order to deprive the rumor mills of some new “urban myth”… I did not say “his kind are not welcome”.
I said: “Have you ever considered the possibility that having Atheists hanging around the front porch of a Christian establishment is maybe not the best advertising?”
Point One: The use of the phrase “front porch” was intentional - - ordinarily, nobody knows who might be an Atheist. Presumably this is probably best. And so stepping inside in the intimate surroundings of BioLogos makes good sense. But standing around the very ENTRANCE of BioLogos, making the typical Atheist Pose on something as crucial as Evolution, is probably not the most helpful “stance” to so consistently assume.
Point Two: Maybe BioLogos is not a place where worrying about “best advertising” has much merit. But that is a merit. And I would expect that someone with a good heart like @T_aquaticus would want to lessen the “psychological burden” he can add to his discussion - - not for my sake, but for the sake of BioLogos.
Point Three. For the longest time, @T_aquaticus was virtually indistinguishable in his discussions on Evolution except in those threads where he explicitly pointed out the distinctions held by an Atheist vs. a Theist supporter of Evolution. So, just when did Mr. T buy his leather jacket, and scarf that says “God is Dead” that he ties so perfectly around his neck?
But in conclusion, @pevaquark, seeing your reaction, I can see the value of stepping back from that anxious line in the sand that you are pointing to. I’ll avoid using phrases and wordings that look or feel like the last one in future postings.