A note for the contrarians
It is likely that this website will attract those who have different world views to those put forward by myself. Religion can be a very emotive subject and people can often surprise themselves as to how they react when their views (or lack of a view) is impugned in any way by a seemingly forthright or opinionated view put forward by somebody else. Still others will be just as passionate about their views and feel compelled to offer the opposing argument in the spirit of debate.
I applaud this and to the degree that everyone is respectful, on topic and add to the conversation their views will be recognised and published.
However certain creatures that dwell under bridges or reside under stones or in basements at their Mum’s house will be less likely to be tolerated. These are the folks that are not really interested in advancing friendly conversation, but rather enjoy the fleeting thrill of the moment as they send a torrent of letters and characters down the ether (sometimes in coherent syllables and words) with the intent of disrupting the dialogue and projecting their disagreement.They would be best to channel their energies into their own sites or chat with folks whom they share similar interests.
It is afterall very obvious what this site is about, you are not compelled to read the posts and do so at the risk of being informed or convicted. That is a good thing. But if you have stumbled in accidentally or were actually meaning to go to logging4bob.com (that famous Canadian lumberjack site), then simply hit the Back Key and exit gracefully – no one will be any the wiser and we can all get along with our lives.
I have final editorial choice on what is or isn’t published: this isn’t baseball – it’s one strike and you’re out. No correspondence will be entered into etc.
As I am not a member of any particular denomination it is also quite possible I will be scalded – if not flogged for not holding the doctrinal line that a particular church adheres to.
I will over time try to find sites with contrary views and offer them to my readers to contrast the views that are espoused here. This is good for academic rigour and forces us to really understand what it is we are defending and whether we have identified all the arguments and points of view.
In a similar manner I will highlight sites that have a different stance on a topic and invite others to find or offer the counter argument to these sites claims.
As I am not a member of any particular denomination it is also quite possible I will be scalded – if not flogged for not holding the doctrinal line that a particular church adheres to. I might be accused of cherry picking or creating a designer faith or pot-pourri of theology. Well I will have to live with any of those types of accusation for the moment 🙂 Frankly the denominations haven’t always done themselves any favours in that regard. More importantly the line between human tradition and pure Christian faith blurs quickly when it is shackled with Religious labels that are loaded with self defeating ideas and rules.
It might be that a Presbyterian Church is more liberal in one neighbourhood and ultra-conservative in another. Sister Baptist churches in those same neighbourhoods could end up being polar opposites simply because of the combinations of pastors and ministers to their respective congregations. I think that a different set of criteria needs to be applied when choosing a local church – not least of these is, what churches are available in your neighbourhood and how their doctrinal approach differs and how that matters. I live in regional North Western Australia at the moment and this reality is brought home as I discover the diverse range of denominational backgrounds my local church family is made up from. I don’t think “church hopping” is helpful to the overall health of the Christian community either. It is no light matter and should be approached prayerfully and carefully.
Choosing a church family will be one of my future blog topics, particularly for Christians who have not inherited their church home from their parents.
This is not to be confused with any One World Church aspirations or ecumenical endeavours which are two much larger subjects and require thoughtful discussion. A great primer on “Ecumenism” is here: http://vatican2voice.org/6unity/what_mean.htm