On the other side of the same coin
by Kathleen van Schaijik
Here’s another thing that keeps amazing me: how readily even very intelligent Christians will identify a mild-toned opinion with a charitable or “balanced” one. Never mind that the opinion does not settle any difficulty; never mind that it reveals an extremely superficial grasp of a deep and complex issue; never mind that it mischaracterizes or passes thoughtlessly over the carefully presented concerns and insights of others; never mind that it throws no new light on a problem. It was expressed so congenially; it wasn’t “emotional;” it was vaguely affirming; it didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings; it was, therefore, an exemplary piece of Christian discourse.
We really need to get a better grip on the relation between charity and truth.