It started out really well. It actually reminded me of the days of lively philosophical debate that I used to enjoy so much back in the college days.
Unfortunately, it seems to have degenerated into a "read the Bible" discussion. Granted, it has been a tremendous amount more civilized than some of the discussions that I've had in the past, but it has reached that impasse of faith.
I'm fine with faith. I think it's a wonderful thing. It does not fit my world view, but I also know that I don't have the answers. I do however have questions, and those questions are not things that the Bible can answer, as they are fundamentally pre-Christian and in many cases pre-Judaic.
Fundamental questions on the nature of the Big Red One™, and if indeed such a deity exists. Or even if we have the words available to express the concepts necessary to contemplate the existence of a "creator" vs. that of the "created".
Ultimately, I don't think that we have the answers. I don't think that we can achieve the answers or even have the ability to comprehend the larger questions. And I think that is the cornerstone of faith, that despite having the questions unanswered, you still believe.
And belief and faith are wonderful, as long as they do not become dogma. As long as you can question, as long as you can honestly ask and honestly try and find answers, I think belief and faith are wonderful and even necessary for a civilized society.
It's been a long time. I can't even use my Greek concordance anymore, it's long gone into the great bin of recycled bits in the sky, along with the computers on which it ran. I did find a nice septaugent concordance online in PDF form, and oy, it reminds me why I didn't go into religious studies as a major. :)
Yet it makes me happy, as it has the Genesis bug.