Polarization rant aside…

The Jollyblogger, David Wayne, has self-admittedly had “a bit of a hostile tone toward” Emergent in some of his blog posts. I followed a trackback to his comments on a conversation that has been going on between Mike Horton and Andrew Jones, and it is all so dang encouraging.

People can disagree and still be civil, even develop healthy, growing relationships! I do not know if we are ready for a big’ol love-in just yet but, man, I think it is great that people who embrace more traditional and modern forms or understandings of our common faith are starting to realize that they can have a voice in this emergent conversation and they will be listened to and not attacked.

The more perspectives the better, I say. It goes right with another thing that I have been finding myself saying a lot lately, been quoting it actually, “There is wisdom in the multitude of counsel”.

Oh, I also like, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”, and, “We find these truths to be self-edivent, that all men are created equal”, oh yeah, and, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” :)

5 thoughts on “Polarization rant aside…

  1. Well I am glad that Horton and Andrew are having a good, frutiful and kind discussion. Because what I heard from the first radio program with Horton was very painful.

    When I was making my transition from Arminism to a more Reformed leaning faith, listening to Horton’s ‘White Horse Inn” was very helpful.

    However he was so overgeneralizing and focused on McLaren and patronizing to the leading of the Radio program host that I felt he came off very uninformed. He sounded no different than many out their who feel compelled to criticize Emergent without first doing their homework.

    I don’t mean to re-polarize things but if both ‘sides’ are unwilling to be self critical, honest, kind, studious, and generous, the firebrands will continue to fly.

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