Since we first began our blog in April 2009, we’ve been amazed by the depth of the discussions that have taken place in the comment sections of our posts. While our readers don’t all share the same views on the relationship between science and religion, these discussions often remain both open and civil.
However, occasionally, debates can become rather heated. As our blog continues to grow, the need to keep comments civil, open, and balanced, and for commenters to demonstrate good manners and follow our Commenting Guidelines (see right sidebar), is even more important.
As one reader shared with us:
“The more closely I follow debates on the internet, the more I find myself drawn to a different but related topic: how comment posts are worded, and how debates are conducted. I'm often surprised by the occasional lack of good manners in such posts, despite the best efforts of your moderators. It's rare for me to find detailed comment threads that don't contain multiple instances of less-than-kind expressions, usually between Christians. Given this is all in public view, it seems to me that the very goal of these Christians - presumably to further God's Kingdom - is being undermined by the means by which they pursue this goal.”
The BioLogos Forum is so thankful for our readers, and we look forward to many more engaging, productive, and, above all, civil discussions on the harmony of science and religion in the coming year.