Why not? I'm no holy roller, but the fact is that none of us know for certain whether God is real or not? There is no proof either way.
I get sick of seeing "believers" argue with atheists, and visa-versa, throwing insults about this subject. Again, the fact is none of us know. By the time we do find out the truth, we'll have taken our last breath in this existence, and it'll be too late to argue about it.
So "believers", why not just say to atheists, "God bless you, you have the right to believer that", and atheists say to believers, "I respect your viewpoint. Peace."
1) Because that is just referee like action to quail a discussion and not the passions of each side which can flair up in a heartbeat by way of a lunkheaded act from some figure of influence.
2) As defusing as this simple approach appears it only lives on the thin surface but totally ignores the underpinnings if the entire conflict-the driving impetus of each side. Those in the middle are uncertain and confused.
What is overlooked in your suggestion is ‘why they hold the views that they do.
Believers defy, ignore and are too lazy to invest the time to weigh and study the intellectual achievements leading the way towards a more scientific world. And it’s easier by far to accept being told what to think because humans are built that way - to take the easiest way out of a ‘thinking contest’.
Non-believers range from the most simplistic who see that religious text are flawed, conflicting, confusing and ambiguous to those who truly grasp the scope of how insignificant Earth, it’s solar system are among what has been discovered to date. To a mind like that, you are asking them (us) to dismiss their findings and to tacitly condone, remain silence or support ‘ignorance’: Example, I was standing in a checkout lane as a woman ahead of me was carrying on about ‘how good the lord was’ ...it took everything I had to not blurt out - lady, you sound like child waiting for Santa, grow the hell up!’.
So those two cannot occupy the same space, the believers can’t call the ‘non-believers’ ..ignorant, because they learned and invested in going beyond Earth-bound knowledge championed as ‘truth’.
BUT the Non-believers can call the ‘believers’ ignorant (and remember - We are ALL born ignorant..no exceptions) so no offense to anyone, but it is true, those who have invested the time to familiarize themselves with the laws of physics, it’s applied use in astrophysics and beyond are leaving those who opt out in the dust. It’s like one group is llearning a second language, a third, a fourth and expanding. The other group, the believers, are stuck in first gear..stuck in a void that requires no brain power, a group were even non-educated child can know as much as a church leader about ‘their religion’.
And asking the multilinguals to respect the lessers is easy But asking the lessers to respect those that are more studied is impossible and insulting to them because you asking them acknowledge ‘ that they are ignorant of scientific facts’...and is a difficult thing to do, to ask a person to own up to not knowing anything. That’s a tough ask.
That is the reality of believers vs non-believers. I for one can’t seriously take a believer, especially after a debate with a follower of Islam, the ignorance was astonishing! Just absolute madness, now that’s when your suggestion comes in handy. I cannot persuade him because he lacks the most simplest common frame of reference to even hold a scientific discussion but I can completely see and understand where his viewpoint is anchored and I go as deep as he wants to in discussing it it because it is all simplistic word salad of a religious flavor. That goes for Christianity and Judaism as well, but again the adverse is not possible- worlds apart and as new developments are uncovered....the gap just grows farther and farther apart.
And ‘never the twain shall meet’ to borrow a Kipling line, it’s a fact. One group is constantly moving forward and away from the ‘the old’ and the other is hanging on for dear life to ‘the old (school of thought).
In a scene from a Daniel Craig film where he is a Nazi avoiding Jew trying lead others from SS soldiers, he and his gang come upon a group of hidden Jews led by a group of Rabbis.
Craig’s character: Look, the soldiers will be here any minute, you all must come with us now.
Rabbi: No my son, we will wait for the messiah, our faith in the messiah will keep us safe.
Craig: ok, you do that, anyone who wants to live..come with us.
You can guess what the majority did...they bolted with Craig.
Now, to think that such real life& death scenarios did not occur is foolish, they certainly did. And that’s what religion demands, that you invest yourself and stake your claim with them.
Science says ‘see and decide for yourself’ ...and when look and see with your own eyes through a telescope and see Saturn- it’s a view that you never forget, something 10x as far as the sun yet larger than life itself. It tells you there more, much much more beyond our earthly knowledge...and the chase begins.
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson