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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Politics of Witness: Another Review

I thank Peter Kirk for his review of my latest book. My custom is never to respond directly to the substance of a review in appreciation for the time the reviewer took to read and write on something I've written. I think it is appropriate for this author to let her or his comments stand alone. The fact that Peter has disagreements with me allows for further discussion down the road. I am sure we will be engaging each other on these matters in the future, which is what I want. As I stated in the book, I do not assume that my words are the last and definitive words on the subject. I wrote it to open up important discussion on what I think is something which should be of paramount importance for the church-- its character in the world and how it bears witness to the gospel.

Thanks, Peter.


Peter Kirk said...

Thank you for the link. Yes, I'm sure we will interact more on this in the future.

Anonymous said...

Allan, thanks for giving us, your blog readers, a heads-up on a less than favorable review. There is no way for us on this side of things to know of all of the reviews that are made.

Kirk makes some good points but these make me want to read your book more. It is good to read a book and then ruminate on it with the input from others - even those who disagree. This is the good stuff of scholarship. Not just preaching to the choir and being surrounded by cheerleaders. I look forward to your future responses on this work.