Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Controversial? Huh?

Someone remaked in an e-mail I received today that this blog is "controversial."

My immediate response was: "Huh?"

I find that rather strange. My theological positions are general, standard, run-of-the-mill old Missourian.

I think it's fair to say that I don't address standard topics that one finds throughout the Lutheran blogsphere. But how would that make my blog controversial?

Question: Has anyone else heard anything about this?

6 comments:

  1. To me a blogger is controversial when a strong anti-abortion emotional series of statements are made. I see these well-meaning Christians as trying to set up a new Law to bind the consciences of those who do not read the issue as they express. I that you have stayed away from this sort of messaging.

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  2. Norman, Thanks for the contribution. I'm a little confused by your remark. BTW, I am very strongly pro-life and I consider it necessary for all Christians to take that stance. I've just not really ever brought up the issue since I think that it's some we all agree on. Besides this blog is supposed to be about theology and not really politics.

    But again, thanks for the comments.

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  3. I don't think there's anything controversial about your blog, Jack. As you said, you're theology is "old Missourian", and that's why I read your blog. Is it controversial to be an "old Missourian" in the LC-MS these days? I hope not!

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  4. The only people that I have seen take issue with your theological positions are Dr. Hinlicky, the Stephans, and the Ichabod crowd, but none of them are exactly old Missourian in their theology. I think you are more polemical than some Lutheran bloggers, but I also think polemics are necessary in theological explanation. Saying that, you have been quite gracious with your interlocutors.

    I enjoy your blog. You have helped me understand the foundational suppositions that separate Confessional Lutheranism from other theological perspectives.

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  5. Maybe it would be worthy for the discussion to ask the emailer what he (or she) is using as a definition of "controversial." Anytime one discusses theology and comes to conclusions that not all Christians agree with could be viewed as "controversial." The fact that you are a confessional LCMS theologian is going to be controversial, which by the way, I greatly appreciate about you and your posts.

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