A quick post before I run off to an all-church-all-day at All Saints Church!
Posted below are two comments on titusonenine which I think in some ways exemplify the "two sides" operating in the church today ... and explains, at least to me, why those of us who increasingly feel that we are being painted into a corner ARE -- and why we end up with recommendations in ultimatums' clothing from the Primates.
MJD_NV Says: March 18th, 2007 at 10:15 am
Get a reappraiser into a theological corner and they will either:
a) Stop the conversation (and if they continue to “dialogue”, it’s all about “feelings”),
b) Break out into personal attack mode, or
c) Smugly explain that they simply do not believe some basic Christian tenet, that somehow, they reserve the right to stand Scriptural & Apostolic witness on its head for their own purposes & still claim to be part of the Christian community.
But, of course we “fundamentalists” can argue theology better, for apparently, being a “fundamentalist” means you care more about Scripture, Tradition, Reason more than you care about yourself. (Paraphrase - Bp. N T Wright)
Susan Russell Says: March 18th, 2007 at 10:52 am
MJD … I’m wondering if a contributing factor to your frustration at finding worthy conversationalists from the other side of the theological aisle isn’t revealed in this part of your second sentence: “… get a reappraiser into a theological corner …”
When one enters a conversation with the goal of backing the other party into a corner one should not be surprised when those efforts are met with respsonses that are experienced as defensive. That presumes, of course, that one is actually seeking conversation in order to better understand another’s perspective rather than capitulation to one’s own.
If the former is the case, I believe I can point you to some folks who would count it a privilege to be in conversation across the theological divide toward the goal of building bridges of genuine reconciliation. If its the latter then do carry on — but do so understanding that the context you have set for the conversation predetermines its failure.