In Thanksgiving and Some Changes Around Here Adrian has announced that he is stopping all comments on his blog:
In the last few days his comment moderation has caused more upsets, this change escalates that for some. For example see these posts from Peter Kirk:
- Comments, Respect and Accountability.
- Do not read Adrian’s blog any more
- Some comment threads from Adrian’s blog.
I have a number of thoughts.
- I fully support Adrian's freedom and control over his blog. He is entirely free to allow comments or not, to moderate them or not. That freedom is important and should not be denied him.
- It seems from the comments Peter has retrieved so far from Adrian's blog, that I have only left one comment in the last 12 months. That reflects my unhappiness with the moderation stance Adrian has taken. I have felt it a waste of time to comment when Adrian has proved to be so intolerant of any comment which does not say how wonderful his hero's are. He has proved to be unwilling to listen to opposition, especially that which comes from women, even more especially when they are far more highly qualified than he in Biblical translation and theology (yes Pam and Suzanne I am particularly thinking of you).
- Very sadly for Adrian and the rest of us, he has alienated a valuable conversation partner in Peter Kirk through this process. I respect Peter's decision to not read a blog on which he can't comment and empathise with his frustration over Adrian's unwillingness to engage at any level with criticism.
- For myself I will still continue to read Adrian's blog, at least for the moment. Yet I find it an incredibly frustrating experience. The theology and especially its application, to use a technical term, sucks. In my last post (42: Falling off a cliff) I wrote "In his recent posts it sadly seems that Adrian Warnock has fallen off a cliff and is now in freefall, watching Orthodox Christianity fly past." I now wonder if he has hit the ground at the bottom, if so it is a pity that in pandering to the extremists he has taken away from himself the cushion that conversation partners such as Peter provided.
Sadly I see a lot of people who are like Adrian. They have decided what they believe to be right and have entirely closed their minds to anything new or different. They claim to read and study a great deal yet they never read any author who will challenge them, they never dare consider an opposing view and they ignore much of Christian history (and hence their "theology" frequently denies the Christian faith of those who have gone before). This makes for a fearful life of discipleship one that is always afraid of new ideas, new understanding, new insights, of difference.
The very last comment on Adrian's blog illustrates this so well. After Adrian had praised in glowing terms a book by John Piper attacking NT Wright, Peter Kirk suggested that it might be a good idea to actually read NT Wright himself, Glenn's comment of "No" (which Adrian allowed through his moderation) summarises so much of this viewpoint. In short such a restricted approach to faith does not lead to freedom and damages the fruits of the spirit.
I am sure Adrian knows that I am not going to go away, I am confident that he knows that I am not going to ignore the rubbish he sometimes writes and quotes from his heros. Yes that includes Mark Drivel when Adrian quotes him with absolute horrible inventions such as:
The race is named man because men rule humanity.
I will continue aim to give thanks and praise Adrian when his theology rises from the mud and celebrate any signs of grace and building up the people of God.
Adrian, I pray that you will grow in faith, maturity, wisdom and love. However, I am concerned that your comment policies symbolise that you have closed yourself to such growth.