Moderation : Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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13 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    I hope this is widely read and widely shared. This is the “word” we need today…and what we hope to model here.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    Many thanks…

  3. Em says:

    Question(s) (not contention)
    How do we reason together? How do we stand without being obnoxious? How did our Lord example for us?

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Em

    As with any conversation, I think it starts by listening. Listening does not mean agreement, but in listening we can find common ground. Secondly, asking questions. Not “gotcha” questions, but real inquiries. That’s at least a start…

  5. Michael says:

    We deal mainly in extremes these days…when progress usually demands moderation and compromise.
    Extremes will take you over a cliff…moderation will keep you on solid ground.

  6. Em says:

    Is the skill we lack, then, learning moderation without compromise? Or, perhaps, better put, what can be compromised? I cannot see the logic in discarding the dispensational viewpoint, but i have no problem with those who do, for instance… One group is eventually, in for a surprise, though… 😏

  7. Michael says:

    Em,
    Moderation in the case you cite is simply allowing the differences to stand without rancor.
    I think the Rapture doctrine is pure eisegesis but choose not to argue with those who find it compelling unless they desire discussion.
    Standing doesn’t require enmity in most cases.

  8. bob1 says:

    A word comes to mind after reading this: forbearance. I’m not up on church history as much as some here, but doesn’t this concept show up in Scripture and in the church’s history? It means patient self control, restraint and tolerance.

    Lord knows the Church needs a whole lot of this right now, whatever you want to call it….

  9. Jean says:

    A good start might be to honor the commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” In addition, I hear and read people who can’t distinguish between opinion and news, and then go and parrot opinion as if it were news. The vast majority of the cable news shows and internet blogs, are opinion, not news.

    By news I mean researched and source-corroborated.

    When it comes to rapture theology, I’m still looking for it in the NT. If anyone finds it, let me know.

  10. bob1 says:

    Yeah, I can’t remember who it was who said, “You’re entitled to your opinion. You’re not
    entitled to your own set of facts.”

    Like the guy (who should get a Darwin) who didn’t know if the earth was flat or round, flew his homemade rocket and was killed.

    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-22/daredevil-mad-mike-hughes-killed-in-stunt

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    All good comments… I learn, genuinely learn, from people, scholars, books and articles with widely differing points of view. I often find myself saying, “I’d not really thought of that way”. After a bit of reflection, I may take it on board, or I may decide otherwise. I cannot, however, ever recall learning from someone who puts forward their case with belligerence. When someone is yelling at you, or calling you names, it becomes almost impossible to hear what they have to say.

  12. Kevin H says:

    Duane,

    Thank you for this. I feel your pain in the middle and the exasperation that fewer and fewer seemingly desire to approach things with reasonableness, cordiality, and reasonableness.

  13. Duane Arnold says:

    Kevin H

    I read your posts and I know that you are experiencing the same… All we can do is what is set before us and try to model the kind of discussions that might have value.

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