"What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism." - G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, February 10, 2008

On the merits of arguing and commitment

Two quotes by Trevor Hart that made me smile.
Our conscience will not permit the sort of cosmopolitan wandering from one perspective to another which suggests that none is any more or less true than others. Yet to others who demand that we should justify our stance and show forth its truth we can ultimately respond only with an invitation to come and stand where we stand, to view the world through our eyes, and see whether the result does not make more sense than the one which they themselves are familiar with. We must be equally open, of course, to the risky business of being prepared to do the same.
Faith Thinking pp.67

An important part of our own commitment to one particular tradition or faith standpoint will be our desire to share this outlook with others, to testify to its truth, to express the universal intent attaching to it by exposing others to it, engaging in the humble task of persuasion not in order to suppress or curb the holding of other points of view, but in order that others might be free to consider ours and explore the possibilities inherent within it as a account of truth. As I have already suggested the condition under which such testimony or witness must be engaged in this a willingness to consider the views held by others, not because we are not confident in the truthfulness of our own perspectives, but precisely because we are, and because we are also more committed to truth than to our own accounts of it.
Faith Thinking pp.69

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rev. Dr. Incitatus said...

Unrelated matter, but have any of you read this interview with NT Wright?

5:30 PM

 
Blogger Alex said...

I had not read that particular interview but I am familiar with Wright's views from other works of his.

Personally I tend to think that Wright has a lot of good things to say in this area. It's also a fairly commonly held view amongst the academics I've run into around here.

Your thoughts?

8:21 AM

 
Blogger Alex said...

Here... I'll put this up as a new post.

8:29 AM

 

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