So i’ve been doing a bit of reflecting on the blogging enterprise lately, and am finding myself increasingly disenchanted with all the critiquing that goes on, at least in the theoblogosphere. I’m not against being critical of other’s views, but it seems like many forget that, as Dallas Willard puts it, it is better to Christ-like than right. Often our critiques show a lack of charity. It seems that we have little interest in finding common ground; instead, we just look for ways to point out how deficient other’s thoughts are. Many reflections on the recent evangelical manifesto come to mind. It seems that the best fuel for theological thinking is often someone else’s inadequacy.
There are two ironies here. First, most of this uncharitable critiquing happens against conservative evangelicals, who are often (rightly) accused of being narrow minded and unwilling to listen. Second, this post in many ways falls prey to the very criticism it offers. So maybe the very nature of criticizing theological viewpoints requires the risk that we come off more judgmental than we mean to be. I guess it would be refreshing to see more posts that, while maintaining a place for being critical, focus more on the commonalities between the two perspectives.