call me thin-skinned, al mohler. ok, i guess you already did.
on one hand, there should be no reason to get bugged by crappy criticism. we should just dismiss it, right? but crappy criticism from smart often-insightful people who are just completely missing the point and doing hideously lousy research (or a complete lack of research) before promoting their absurdly reductionist and cartoon-like criticism — well, that gets about as old as this sentence.
if i read any polemic book (especially a poorly researched piece of opinion posing as scholarly thought) that summarizes and opinionates about a group of people, and i draw all my opinions about that group of people from that reading, i’m an idiot, right? yes, i most certainly would be.
sentences like these:
This is our proper epistemological humility – not that it is not possible for us to know, but that the truth is not our own. We are dependent upon the Word of God.
cause me to leave my hair very short, out of concern for otherwise tearing large chunks of it out. that’s humility? wow.
ok. i should not be surprised. i just wish smart peeps would offer smart criciticism.
i suppose if i’m going to rant like this, it would be good if i offered an alternative. so…
i haven’t read their blog lately (so this is a largely uninformed), but i’ve found “the a-team blog” to be an exception — i don’t agree with them on many, many points and approaches; but have found them to be interested in engagement, not uninformed lobs. they bothered to come to the emergent convention, and actually ask questions.