I have not been posting to my religion blog in recent weeks because, frankly, I have been disappointed in my inability to make any headway in convincing others of the virtues of reliance on the scientific method, objective evidence, and rational analysis in arriving at beliefs.
Actually I had a number of goals when I started my blog. One was simply to create an outlet for me to express myself philosophically. Another was to refine and to sharpen my point of view, based on the simple act of writing my thoughts and on the responses that others, both religious and nonreligious, might make to what I write. And I feel I have made progress on both of those goals. It is the third goal--of persuasion--where I have come up short. I’m not sure why I would think that anyone would be “converted” by my essays, but that was my (I now realize, naive) hope.