Last week I was away on vacation and while I was elsewhere I had a chance to think about things.
Is there a point to arguing through blogs over important issues, for example.
The answer I came to is: no.
It's a complete waste of time. A normal, intelligent debate presupposes that each party is prepared to change his mind when presented with evidence of the other side's position. Unfortunately, I'm not really surrounded by normal intelligent people. Rather it's been quite the opposite: closed minded misanthropes who are fanatically devoted to their illogical positions and who don't so much want to discuss issues as to ridicule and demean those views they don't agree with.
The irony, of course, is that they exemplify all those values that they claim their left Judaism over. They're exactly like the frummies they hate. Different values but the exact same methodology.
Here's an example - the famous Letter to My Rabbi at TalkReason. The entire letter can be rejected by a simple rebuttal: never assume that the simplistic answers a kiruv rabbi gives you are the real, final and only answers to your important questions. I mean, really, would you go into a Chryster dealership and expect to learn everything about cars in general? If you deal with kiruv folks, you get quick sound-byte answers that are easy to rebut because they're not that deep. So what?
Should I waste time proving there's a God, that Torah miSinai happened and that the Torah we have today is 99% what was handed to Moshe Rabeinu? Why bother? Short of God Himself opening up the Heavens on CNN and taking an interview with Larry King to confirm all these items, nothing will change their minds.
So why bother trying?
If I come up with a good answer, then I'll start arguing again. Until then, unlike many in the blogosphere, I have better things to concentrate on.