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Subject: Re: What Would Happen If.... Date: 11/22/2002 4:04 PM
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I think Trolls have their place in this world.

My conversion from a christian to an atheist was rapidly accelerated by reading and watching exchanges between conservative christians and educated atheists.

Every time a christian ignored a good question, god took a hit. Everytime a christian misunderstood or misrepresented the atheist position, god took a hit. Soon it became obvious that the only way to stay a theist is to dig in your heels and refuse to even think about or address the many good, honest questions that are posed.

The internet is one way to observe such conversations without having to physically be present when a debate pops up.

My guess is that there are a good many lurkers on this and other boards like this who may be "on the fence". Trolls such as GeorgeFifth and others actually help many people finally see that the christian/theist arguments are so poorly constructed as to be useless.

The complete and utter failure of the "God" position under the weight of atheist arguements and evidence becomes increasingly obvious with every troll that can't maintain a reasoned, thoughtful dialog.

Now, I understand that trolls can quickly grow tiresome for regular posters on the board who wish to discuss atheist issues, concerns, etc. and find a sense of community that is hard to find in many areas of the "real" world. I also have little patience for most of them. I simply want to point out that they may be doing more good than harm for people who pass through this board with the intent of hearing all sides.
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