An Apology to Classical Presbyterian

March 26, 2007 by
Filed under: Religion, Shoot Yourself in the Foot, Weblogs 

A few weeks ago, Toby Brown on Classical Presbyterian published two articles (Here and Here) regarding his decision to file charges against the Rev. Janet Edwards for her performance of a lesbian civil union and related matters.

In Toby’s comments section, I took him to task for his decision (here, here, here, and here).  I stand by my words regarding the filing of charges in a case where the accuser does not know the defendant, does not have special knowledge of the situation, and where someone else who fits the other criteria is able to file the complaint.  However, I was intemperate in my remarks.

I had an “AHA!” moment regarding this today over at the Truth in Love blog.  I had imputed motives to Toby’s actions.  I do not live inside his head, and there is no hole in the wall behind my cubicle that allows me to inhabit his brain.  I cannot truly speak to his (or anybody else’s) motives for taking an action or making a statement.
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Toby – I am sorry for my less than reasonable language.  I am also sorry for assigning a motive (particularly a negative motive) to your action.  I will take steps to avoid a doing either again in the future, though I suspect that I will backslide again at some point.

Mea culpa.


One Comment on An Apology to Classical Presbyterian

  1. Classical Presbyterian on Tue, 27th Mar 2007 11:14 am
  2. Thanks for this, I appreciate your words.

    This may surprise you, but I actually did not take your remarks too personally!

    We were all engaged in a hot debate on a pretty emotional issue that is close to all of our hearts these days. I did not hold your comments to be a personal attack, I just accredited them to the difficulty of the issues involved and in which we both have been so personally invested.

    Not all of my comments on my blog have been so ‘judicious’ either! 😉

    I had hoped that my postings would have made it clear that I have mixed feelings about the case too, at least in the comments that I made to the postings. But either through my own writing flaws or because of the heat of this debate I don’t think that came through very clearly to some. Although I still remain fairly certain that my ‘signing on’ to Jim Yearsley’s complaint was acceptable and appropriate, there is certainly no joy in my heart about my decision.

    I’m afraid that the only real peace that any of us in this denomination will receive, to end the cycles of court cases that will only escalate in the coming years, will be through a gracious division of the denomination.

    But, we’ll see. Perhaps God will show us a different way of resolving this…

    Thanks for the candor you have shown here. That’s what makes blogging a worthy endeavor, when we are all honest and plainspoken but all in a spirit of Christian love.

    See you around the Presbyterian blogosphere!

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