The Necessity of Polemics

Engaging with Keller…the degree to which people value the truth is the degree to which they are willing to engage in public debate over it. This is the way any enterprise that depends upon truth for its success and continued existence is maintained. One example would be medical science, in which fellow doctors challenge the findings and procedures of the peers in journals. Everyone understands that this public debate is not done out of idle curiosity or a vindictive spirit, but because lives depend on getting it right.”  — Campbell and Schweitzer, Engaging With Keller, 16.

If everyone understands that public debate in the medical field takes place because lives depend on it, then why don’t people understand that public theological debate is just as important because the eternal fate of men’s souls depends on it?

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"I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve." (Romans 16:17-18) Please read "The Comments Policy."

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