Supposedly, there is a war between Patheos and Freethought Blogs, which The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta instigated, because, I assume, of the variety of bloggers on the site. The main section of Patheos states “Balanced views of Religion and Spirituality”. I do not know about “balanced views” if the challenge to question such views is not there. I also assume he means Freethought Blogs and not all freethought blogs, but if I am wrong, then I think this is worth noting, especially since God Discussion possesses qualities Patheos does not.
I suppose that means we can all look forward to Patheos’ next phase: The inevitable war with Freethought Blogs. (Bring it, Cuttlefish.)
However, the question in my mind is, given the merger between various bloggers and alike, is if the “war” is exclusive to just Patheos and Freethought Blogs or all freethought blogs, which unite under one site, and Patheos.
If the Friendly Atheist instigated war on all of us, then, in my opinion, our site wins hands down, because we are far better than Patheos in that we not only have writers from different backgrounds- Wiccan, Spiritual, a Christian pastor, humanist, atheist, and more- but we are also a top Google News site.
I unashamedly take pride in our God Discussion site, because of our diversity that allows one to question, openly and publicly, the other person’s views. We do not see that on Patheos or at least not without digging deeply into the site and its sub-sites.
Today, the five most-visited named “portals” on Patheos are Catholicism, Evangelical Christian, Progressive Christian, Pagan and Humanist (though the most popular blog in that category is ardently Atheist); they also happened to be the ones with the most developed blogger communities. Currently, Patheos has eight Catholic, nineteen Evangelical, eighteen Progressive Christian, five Pagan, two Humanist, two Muslim, one Mormon, one Scientology and one Buddhist blogs.
Hemant took aim at Digital Cuttlefish, a Freethought Blogger, first, but personally, if our Friendly Atheist is taking aim at all similar sites, then I am willing to take that challenge or even join the challenge. Patheos and God Discussion share similarities, but we have differences too. These differences add quality, as well as advantages over the other.
Even if he was not taking aim at similar sites, I am willing to jump into the fray and say we out do Patheos without question in some areas. Where is their news section? They do not have one as far as I am aware nor do they openly evaluate and question the worldviews.
I even invite Hemant, with Deborah’s permission of course, to take part in our God Discussion show, something Patheos does not have. We can discuss any topic agreed upon for that episode, so that he can experience those who frequent our site.
However, I do not know about “capturing Richard Wade” to write for us though. Freethought Blogs can have that victory, if they get it, but God Discussion is the #1, especially concerning news!
Patheos may have made news on Denver Westward, but we write news on the God Discussion, sometimes with multiple sources, but as for individual writers, Camels with Hammers appears to want Richard Wade, for some reason.
And when we capture Richard Wade, I call dibs on him writing for my blog!
Personally, I think the Friendly Atheist is the better catch, especially on a site that is diverse.
Regardless, I am just willing to show that our site is better than Patheos, not just in the variety of views, but also that is challenges one to questions their views as well as other views. I do not see anyone questioning and exploring the various views. It appears the site is straight up these are the worldviews, without questions, skeptism, or exposure of flaws. Thus, for one who is seeking Patheos appears a bit divisive in that respect.
Here on the God Discussion, we expose the good with the bad as we research various religious topics and worldviews, which is a good thing for those who are seeking, questioning, and exploring. We even critique non-theistic views on the God Discussion and even expose the flaws for others to make their own decisions, with the latest evaluation asking if non-theists or intellectuals can be spiritual, to which I replied to both Sheri Lawson and Dr. Valerie Tarico, on exchristian.net, that I think we can.
No aspect of any worldview or philosophy goes untouched, here on God Discussion, with the freedom for anyone to speak out and say, “Wait a minute, there is a problematic aspect of this view, which is…” Then we discuss and sometimes strongly debate it as an open humanistic community and in the end, we all allowed to possess our own thoughts about a view. I think we even enjoy the debates and disagreements, which still end with friendship and respect, maybe even deeper friendship and respect.
Case in point: When Pastor Kevin ranted about his fellow “Christians”, namely Westboro Baptist Church, I, a humanist, jumped in and basically said, “Pastor Kevin, you might all call yourselves Christians, but you do not all worship the same god.” I even called the idea of a god a human concept and he did not take offence. There was no war of words, but an amicable discussion that expanded our thoughts, in which he replied:
You gave some awesome feedback and insights. You provided another way to look at the WBC's actions and I do see exactly what you mean. Your right, just because someone shares the same lable it does not mean that we all are serving the same God. I think that most people would agree with you, including myself, that I would not want to serve a God that supports hate and abuse of people and especially not the innocent little children. [sic]
Patheos appears overly accepting and does not provoke critical thinking and discussion of any of the worldviews, not even an open expression of anger concerning what a religious group does or does not do. It appears too nice.
Each section is somewhat hidden from the other and not entirely in open view of the other views. Their various sections are sub-sites under a larger domain, making it more difficult than on the God Discussion to view what the other wrote in their section.
While anyone can be humanistic, very few sites, such as these, are open societies/communities. In this case, I am using the COHE’s definition of “open society”:
A society that accommodates a diversity of opinions, values, and life-stances and encourages debate and compromises among competing interests and ideals.
Thus, as the unofficial cheerleader of the God Discussion, who believes we top Patheos endeavors in many ways, I say, “You can’t touch this…” Cue music!
Hemant Mehta, The Friendly Atheist, is the author of "I Sold My Soul on eBay".