you know, if christians were merely people who believed some supernatural stories because that is what they were taught when they were young, or because of some cult-like indoctrination, we would, rightly (to quote paul out of context), of all people be the most pitiable (1 Cor 15:19). and sadly, in some cases, this is the truth. the bible would call this 'having a form of godliness but denying its power' (2 Tim 3:5) - ie religion which is just a set of beliefs and rules, and nothing else.the only reason Christians find themselves 'defending' anything - is because deep down, they know
that what they're believing in, is an absurd, insane and downright laughable collection of fairy stories.
And this going to make those folks very very very insecure, defensive, and inherently threatened
(not surprisingly, given a reliance on imaginative fairy tales without proof, in order to sustain their
reality) - causing threads like this, where the 'attackers' try and paint themselves as being 'the victims'..
Aww, the poor Christians are under attack? Are being 'forced' to defend themselves? Well there's a simple answer and solution..
Don't defend yourself. Forgive your 'attackers' (as you call them)
Turn the other cheek. Just like someone in your religion once said everyone who believes in him, should do.
If your fairy story has 'rules' - please obey them - or give up your fairy stories.
Don't try twisting reality around to make yourself feel better, that's not going to work
but, christianity is not blind faith in the stories of some old book, it's a living relationship with the god who created us. a god we can experience and interact with (1 Cor 2:5). so no, i'm not insecure or threatened, because my faith is in a reality that i can experience every day. that is what i know deep down
as for why christians are called on to defend themselves so often, i think it is because of christianity's claim to be the only truth - anytime you do that, i think you set a huge bullseye on your back, and people will go for it...
edit: @ nanfeishen: nice post