Anyway, I'm kind of bummed out about it because I felt like I really got to explain things that I was taking for granted, which is the best way of learning: when you try to teach others what you know. Some of the stuff I talked about I had to learn or look up to clarify what I was vague on. That was cool too. So it was good. I thought it was good for both of us because I felt that Craig was getting to clarify his beliefs.
Here is the last quote from his final email:
Thank you for the experience, I did learn a lot. But I think I'll stick to what I know.
I'll let his words speak for themselves. But I think I said something in conversation 5 that addresses this concept:
...Sure, at some point we have to rely on the findings and authorities of others. For you that’s ministers or religious leaders. For me, it’s scientists that have been peer reviewed. Huge difference. I don’t take gravity on faith. When I let go of something and it falls, I see evidence of gravity, each and every single time I drop something. The common evidence is apparent to every single person on the planet. But still, it took scientists to do careful experiments, then to share those results, then have them verified and checked, and have other scientists to do the same experiments before the law of gravity was considered more or less a given.
Even now it isn’t a solid fact. We understand that more information through further research could always come to light and the law might need tweaking a bit. That’s the beauty of science. It grows and changes as we learn and grow and change. That’s not blind faith.
And that's what I think. I feel I learned and grew by conversing with Craig. He said things that made me say, "what?" and then I had to figure out how to explain why that didn't make any sense. I can't speak for Craig, but maybe he really didn't want to hear what an atheist had to say. Do you think he wanted to change my mind? If anything, I feel my foundation has been strengthened as an atheist by the challenge of trying to share what I held to be accurate.
Anyway, that's that. Maybe someday another christian who really does want to exchange ideas will come along. Until then we'll just have to dance naked around bonfires and celebrate our wicked, heathen ways.
Here are all 5 conversations: