Originally posted by FMF
[b]"[T]he difficulty is not so much to escape death; the real difficulty is to escape from doing wrong, which is far more fleet of foot."
So said Socrates after he had been condemned to death.
Why is it that many of the Christians in this community talk so much about ideology, about "salvation", about the "afterlife", about "damnation", about "the Trin ...[text shortened]... y attendant thereto, but not so much talk about "escaping" wrong here on earth in this lifetime.[/b]
I think your premise is wrong. As is your characterization of Christians and your sneering language.
According to your flawed premise, what do you think is the ratio of these two "sides" of Christian thought, as gleaned in this forum? And how are you measuring this?
I'm also guessing that if you only measure these things by what you see in this forum, then you're going to be missing a great majority of the sum total effect of Christianity (the nitty-gritty, day-to-day effect) on the lives of Christians. And therefore, your measurement means nothing. The only purpose of it is to ineffectually "rail-and-flail" at their beliefs, like you usually do. Please, go find another hobby.
"...and talk much less about the practical impact of their Christian beliefs on how they live their lives, how they navigate right and wrong, how their beliefs affect their interactions with others and their families and their relationships with people who have different beliefs, and their political stances, and a myriad of other everyday human issues and dilemmas?"
As an "ex-Christian" (whatever that is), I'm sure you are familiar with the Sermon on the Mount. The relevant portion of it here is this: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." -- Matthew 7:6, KJV
I'm not about to talk about these things dear to me only to have predators like you "trample them under their feet", nor am I going to allow you to "turn again and rend" me because of them. I've been here a long time, and so have you. I can't believe you have to seriously ask the question of why we don't expose our softest bits to the wolves and allow ourselves to be mocked and chewed up and spit out over them.