...it seems (?) impossible to find a certain brand of christian that is willing or capable of having civil, logical discussions about their faith. I mean, there are liberal christians who all but agree with me, and dogmatic sadists who are eager to see us all eternally tortured and can't string together a logical argument to save their lives, but nothing in between?...
I've tried to start conversations a couple of times about liberal christianity. I've never gotten much traction on them. Perhaps partly because the more liberal christians don't tend to come to these sites. And perhaps partly because its easier to discuss black and white issues, or try to make issues into black and white so that we can agree or deny more easily.
As an example, I find the discussions that rip apart the bible to be almost beside the point. Most christians don't believe in a literal bible, despite what our current political climate might suggest. So, rather than rip the bible to shreds, I'd like to hear from those folks why they believe what they believe. Why is a particular story "just" a parable? How did they come to that conclusion? What does it mean to them? And how/why are they christian in the first place? What defines them if the bible doesn't?
These and many other questions are of interest to me.