Um, I didn't actually say that


Um, I didn’t actually say that


I’ve been blogging for a few years and I’ve got in to a few debates. One thing that continually surprises me is how easy it is to be misinterpreted. It is often by people who claim that scripture is abundantly clear and they have the correct intrepretation of it. I have to wonder. If people don’t understand the text that I write and we are speaking the same language and are in the same culture how much more difficult would it be understand something that was written 2000 years ago in another language.

When I debate people I often find that people aren’t actually debating me. They are debating a charictature of me. I think there is temptation to assume that if a person holds position X they must be one of “those people” and hold position Y and z. This goes for people all across the spectrum.

I think everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. I never expected so many people to starting debating who I am and miss what I actually say.

  1. #1 by Marc on July 24, 2006 - 10:40 am

    Interestingly, I was just thinking about this issue the other day. N.T. Wright says as much in the fourth paragraph here.

    I’ll quote it:

    “Part of the problem, particularly in the United States, is that cultures become so polarized that it is often assumed that if you tick one box you’re going to tick a dozen other boxes down the same side of the page – without realising that the page itself is highly arbitrary and culture-bound. We have to claim the freedom, in Christ and in our various cultures, to name and call issues one by one with wisdom and clarity, without assuming that a decision on one point commits us to a decision on others.”

  2. #2 by Nyarlathotep on August 8, 2006 - 11:21 am

    forgive me for filling in the gaps in what i think you are saying, but often if you are judgd to have an over-all set of beliefs merely because you have expressed one belief that is closely linked to the other beliefs(for example i told my work collegue i did’t believe in evolution, and he asumed that meant i was a jehovah’s witness (?)) it is often because these beliefs come as packages. christians often talk about not being able to ‘pick and mix’ their beliefs, so immediatley they remove any freedom to make up their own minds about individual issues.

  3. #3 by scott on August 22, 2006 - 7:44 pm

    thats not what i heard….

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