Forum rules, your thoughts. Hello there, I came here in the hope of finding intellectual debate, not knowing of the restrictions you had imposed. However, I was a little concerned when I reviewed the regulations regarding one's registration to this site, I found myself pondering the question, "Why?' Why does one have to proclaim his/her 'faith' to join? Really, I came here looking for a Christian perspective on some questions I had and I wished to discuss your answers. Among other things, I wished to talk about the historicity of Jesus with many of you, though it would be somewhat hipocrytical of me to do so now, as I cannot fully submit my registration - thus denying you your control over what gets said on here (an issue, I may note, that seems to have plagued the Church for centuries, Hence the "Vanini" alias). I would like to put to you an idea, that instead of hiding from debate and argument - fight, give answers and provide factual reasons for you beliefs. I'll leave you with that, and this small quote from Tom Harpur ... "The old literalism cannot withstand the probing of modern thought, research and scholarship. What was never history to begin with can't masquerade as history any longer..."