My Thoughts on Erik Walker (and others like him).
I think that faith is one of the most
beautiful things that humanity has. The ability to believe in
something beyond your comprehension and to not question it is
remarkable. Yet, it can be disturbing in some instances. On a basic
level, I think I understand where Erik is coming from.
Assume that you stumbled upon something
that you held as an absolute truth. Let's assume for the sake of
secularism that it was something related to science. Perhaps you
discovered something wrong with a fundamental equation in physics or
chemistry, and you thought the world needed to know. You wouldn't
buckle. You may be open to questions and discussion, but the
likelihood of someone completely forsaking their idea is unlikely.
This is similar to what Erik is doing.
There's nothing wrong with what he does
and says. His beliefs might be different from yours, and you may find
them to be offensive. You should get over it. If his beliefs are such
a bother to you, then don't read what he writes, and certainly don't
get into an argument with him about it. His thoughts are his own. You
will likely not change anything, and you will have wasted a
significant amount of time trying. Time that could be better spent
learning to crochet, or skydiving.
Those of you reading this are
privileged to be living in a society where divergent beliefs are even
acceptable. There are still places where, if you choose to believe
something different from the norm, you would be killed. All Erik is
doing is expressing his beliefs on a public forum. Some of you may
agree and some may not. I don't agree with what he says most of the
time. I do, however, believe that the idea of removing him from the
forums because he hurt your feelings is appalling and childish.
If you wish to place blinders on
yourself and live in a fantasy where everyone agrees and no one gets
offended, then by all means do so. But refusing to accept the
realities of the world is foolish. Erik is not hurting anyone. I
don't believe I've ever seen him write that everyone should believe
what he does. He simply thinks that he's on the right track, that
what he believes is the truth. Anyone in that position would seem
stubborn and offensive. But that's okay.
Point is, I'll respect your beliefs,
but not your intolerance.