Personally, I love a good debate, and for the most part, I’ve learned to detach a debate with a person about an idea from my perception of the person as a person. In other words, disagreeing about an idea doesn’t mean I have a lower opinion of someone.
In the second discussion about torture, I made these comments:
..my attempt to construct a theology that is opposed to torture is not an attempt to part ways with Jesus as God but rather an attempt to become more faithful to him — and I realize that’s your desire too; we have just come to different conclusions in our attempts at faithfulness…
I wanted to repost this for a couple reasons.
First, because I don’t want to give the impression that I don’t want to hear your opinion — because I do, and that’s one of my main reasons for starting the blog. I value the opinion of others, and I don’t want to squelch those opinions because I lay it on too thick in the comments.
Second, because I know that some of my theological musings might be foreign, and because they are unfamiliar, it might be easy to dismiss them as something I’m creating out of thin air. But please know that my posts are always, always, always an attempt to become more faithful to Jesus in the way I think — because I do believe that the way we think usually determines how we act. And I, for one, do want to act more like Jesus.
So, if you do read my blog, please know that I always welcome comments, and I hope that as we move forward we will be able to disagree generously. Because if we always assume that the person with whom we disagree has the best intentions in mind, we end up having discussions that enhance the perspectives of everyone who participates.