Tag: polemics

Playful, Passionate, Principled, but never Putrid Polemics (Or, Don’t Forget Jesus in an Argument)

If you’ve ever had an “intensely engaged” discussion with a friend in class, a Facebook thread, blog, or a Twitter-battle, you’ve engaged in polemics. Now, you needn’t worry that this is a particularly un-Christian activity. A friend of mine recently...

/ July 16, 2013

Screwtape’s Warning about Polemics and Evangelical Associations

Over the past year, I sounded in various ways my growing concern about the tribalization of public life and the corresponding loss of a shared framework where we might work out disputes reasonably has grown.  My final post in that...

/ January 10, 2013

Speaking the Truth in Love: Rules of Engagement for the Polemically-Inclined

During the little kerfluffle that followed my post on N.T. Wright and the debate over women bishops, several folks suggested that while I may have been right about the general principle of “intellectual empathy,” it was wrong to apply such...

/ December 20, 2012