Welcome, and guidelines

Welcome to the NCAC blog. We hope this will be a venue for discussions among Calgarians (and others) regarding to the question of the truth of Christianity. All perspectives are welcome, but some reasonable guidelines are necessary. These may be modified at any time as needed (and without warning).

  1. Be courteous and respectful. Honour each other as fellow seekers of truth.
  2. Your responses should exhibit proof of having been carefully considered. As a minimum, one cannot carefully consider something in a very brief period of time. If the timestamp of your reply is minutes or seconds after whatever you are replying to, that’s a dead give-away that you are shooting from the hip. Avoid that.
  3. Aim for content and substance instead of opinions and rants. Rhetorical flourish (i.e. scoring points with zingers) undermines the value of conversation. One-liners may look good but they are almost universally a waste of everybody’s time.
  4. Stick to the subject. Avoid rabbit trails and red herrings.
  5. Strive for the utmost clarity in your contributions. Take the time to find a way to very clearly express your thoughts and the line of reasoning behind them. The connection between the premises and conclusions should be apparent to the average reader without further explanation. It defeats the purpose of a conversation when too much of the conversation is dedicated to clarifying what each person meant.
  6. Do not dominate the conversation. Please take the time to develop your thoughts into a single comment rather than peppering your thoughts across many comments.
  7. Links are certainly welcome as a way of expanding the conversation, but please use them sparingly and strategically. Also please use links to online resources that are relatively brief; it is not usually reasonable to expect people to read full-on books before the conversation can continue.
  8. We will sincerely try to avoid this, but we reserve the right to kick people out of the discussion and ban people from ever commenting again.

A friend of mine once told me that he only reads the comments at various blogs he comes across when he feels like getting depressed. I can absolutely relate. All too often blog comments are a haven of drive-by-philosophy, chest-thumping rhetorical showmanship and a general lack of civility or any trace of meaningful contribution to the conversation at hand. We are trying to foster a higher level of conversation at our blog and we would appreciate if you would contribute to raising the bar instead of dragging it down. If you are unable or unwilling to abide by these rules there are plenty of excellent, and free, websites out there through which you can create your own blog and write whatever your heart desires. Best of luck.

But if you are willing and able to contribute to meaningful conversation, have fun, and welcome to the discussion.


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