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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Argue with me, please

I found mention at Mere Comments of an excellent article by Thomas Sowell, "Begging to Disagree.” I couldn’t agree with it more!

I practically live for discussion. Ask my husband :-) I can’t get enough information about what people think, why they think it, the facts related to what they think, etc. etc. Trouble is, I’ve found it hard to get these things from people themselves, directly. I’ve found what Sowell says to be true: people think that disagreement = nasty, or that they’re right and you’re wrong and so one of us must be sinning. Or, out of desire to maintain cordiality, people refrain from sharing dissenting opinions. Sometimes, of course, this is highly advisable.

But I’ve always wondered, how can we truly be the Body of Christ if we don’t aid one another by sharpening each other’s minds as well as helping in outward ways?

There are a few essentials to good discussion/debate: a truly charitable attitude, humility, and perhaps also confidence – confidence in one’s worth apart from one’s opinions, and in one’s abilities. A discussion that lacks any of these elements can turn ugly and unedifying in a hurry. But an argument doesn’t have to be a fight.

So I very much enjoy the blogosphere -- a literal treasure trove of fascinating opinion and discussion. A virtual Starbucks. Care to join me for coffee?

5 Comments:

  • You should've been a lawyer.

    Glad to see you got the banner pic to load. I like it.

    By Blogger Rusty, at 12:09 AM  

  • Coffee is great.

    Nice to see a homeschooler. I was homeschooled myself.

    I'll be coming back :D

    By Blogger RazorsKiss, at 10:34 PM  

  • How did you do that banner, Bonnie? Tell me how so I can try it!
    As for arguing, you were born with the skill already developed!!!

    By Blogger Linda, at 1:59 PM  

  • "But I’ve always wondered, how can we truly be the Body of Christ if we don’t aid one another by sharpening each other’s minds as well as helping in outward ways?"



    Hi Bonnie,

    What a pleasure to come across your site. I could not agree with you any more. All of us can only be sharpened by challenging each other, not keeping quite.

    By Blogger David M. Smith, at 7:15 PM  

  • Excellent point! John Rao makes that same point in his pamphlet Americanism: we seem to prize "peace" over truth.

    Rao also explores the sources of our cultural handicap. I recommend this book, if you can find it.

    MJ

    By Blogger Lawrence Gage, at 2:39 PM  

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