It is an epistemic divide that is almost impossible to bridge, and–I think–the main source of discursive breakdown between “believers” and “non-believers.” We think we’re having the same conversation, when in reality we’re engaging in simultaneous conflictive monologue.
The last post provided a bit of needed (at least for me) comic relief. The topic of this blog and a prominent theme of my friendship with Russell and CC is faith, skepticism, and friendships in the neutral zone. We have somehow grown a readership and a few who are comfortable to write. All are welcome – – read, write, or both. I’m reading too and trying to reach a better understanding of Madalyn, JJ, and yes . . . of myself.
JJ – – I just tried to link to your site and it is gone. Please consider this a second home.
I first played Axis and Allies in college. Has anyone played it? Some describe it as Risk on steroids. For the health of our marriage, Mrs. Pascal and I decided we could not play Monopoly together during our honeymoon year. Twenty years later, it stands a wise decision. Axis and Allies is much, much worse for the competitively inclined. But it is a beautifully nuanced game. Risk can take all night. A&A can take a week.
We’re not playing a game here, but the word play on our Cartesian napkin and Vance’s desire to be on the X (he thinks) axis did remind me. An alliance with one who thinks differently takes time. If I was willing to take a week for a board game, am I willing to take a decade to listen well and to learn. I hope so. This means so much more to me than a game.
I’ve updated my Bookshelf to reflect the 2015 reading so far. Part of my desire to learn requires that theology be the minority of the content consumed. Perhaps a 1:5 ratio? Hopefully I’ll add brief commentary to the books, but I found that waiting to do so stopped me from writing anything. Those books are part of my desire to understand you – – theists of all stripes, skeptics, followers of Christ.
Russell and I meet for breakfast soon – – thanks for all who are engaging each other here in the environment that we’ve tried to create and maintain. It has been, and I expect will continue to be, a pleasure.
photo credit: board game box, fair use, wikipedia.com