Re: Burgy's Testimony

From: george murphy (
Date: Fri Jul 19 2002 - 13:00:23 EDT

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    J Burgeson wrote:

    > >>It can also operate as a kind of theological blackmail, for after someone
    > >>has
    > described some intense experience it seems a little churlish to criticize
    > him or her for bad theology.>>
    > Good point, George. I hope nobody holds back from criticism of my ideas
    > because of my recent post. It was not intended that way.
    > I would, however, point out that it is one thing to criticise a person and
    > another to criticise a person's ideas. My post was generated, at least in
    > part, because of off line e-mail messages I received from certain persons I
    > consider my brothers (no sisters yet) in Christ which did the first (in
    > "love" of course).
    > The post was also generated in part because of Terry's post of a few weeks
    > ago which indicated it might be a good thing for us to know one another
    > better. I thought that was a pretty good idea. On my Compuserve forums we
    > have done that several times; it seemed to have cut down on the flaming as a
    > consequence.

    Burgy -
             As I said earlier, it wasn't my intention to criticize your
    earlier post
    but only to point out one danger that testimonies are subject to if taken as a
    general rule.
             & I have no problem with the idea of folks on the list making known who
    they are. & when I explain that I come from an "orthodoxy" rather than a
    "pietism" position within the Lutheran tradition you'll perhaps
    understand why I
    say some of the things I do.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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