Its been instructive I think. The fact that a Christian - and in my case a pretty poor one - would stick their head over the parapet was cause for cordiality followed pretty swiftly by a barrage of very searching challenges and questions. Whilst there was hostility there has been a resolve on all parts to try and keep the debate respectful.
And it has been worth it. To begin with I was not alone in terms of fellow Christians who believe we should stand up for what we think. I found some of their postings extremely insightful. And it helped me too. Since the first sign of evasiveness or woolliness was pounced on with glee it helped me to really get my head round what my faith was about and why it was such an important part of my life. Far from talking me out of Christianity I fear they have helped me take a further step in the right direction.