[Linux4christians] Defending the faith online (was Re: List of
kaminoheiwa at verizon.net
Sat Jan 15 09:14:09 EST 2005
On Friday 14 January 2005 07:23 am, Samuel Clough wrote:
> Just read slashdot to see the typical Linux/geek
> mindset. It's downright scary.
Which is a great intro to a topic I've been thinking about introducing here
for a while. Last year the use of Linux by Christians earned a little bit
of notice by way of a few different articles posted to various Linux news
sites (Don's great "GNU Believers" article, for one). But it seems like
whenever Christianity is mentioned in the geek world, trolls and
anti-religion bigots head straight for the talkback forums. No doubt these
folks represent only a tiny fraction of the geek community at large, but
somehow they always seem to be around. This link to Don's article from
Linux Today, for example - check out the postings from "wsd" and "The
And as Samuel hinted - the mere mention on a Slashdot forum of
Christianity, the Bible, or Jesus sends half their regulars into
"hysterical ranting" mode.
Seeing this in the Linux community just burns my biscuits, and I personally
occasionally find it hard to follow Proverbs 29:11. My question here is
pretty general - how do we, as Christians, respond to posters like wsd?
Should we even respond, or should we ignore it (and thus avoid
accidentially damaging the credibility of ourselves and our cause)? What's
different about defending the faith in an online forum, as compared to
other forms of communication? Are there any hints or thoughts on the topic
anyone would like to share?
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