I respect your opinion and would be interested to learn specifically how you believe the "Dehlin phenomena" should be dealt with? I would also like to know how you figure there are better ways than Greg's article given that you also haven't read it? And, even if there may be better ways of dealing with the phenomena, is there a problem dealing with it as Greg has?
Thanks, -Wade Englund-
I'll have more to say about it sometime down the road, most likely. Suffice it to say, I think addressing the sort of underlying things that lead to the minor success of Dehlin's movement (providing more rigorous historical accounts in a church setting, for example) is better than direct assault. It doesn't take 100 pages to know that Dehlin's approach has problems. Apologists need to do a better job of recognizing that much of Dehlin's success stems from the sort of empathy one doesn't find explicitly in much apologetic output.
Ironically, I tried to model the sort of approach I favor within the pages of the FARMS Review itself, and I'm grateful they ceded their pages to a nobody like me. An unpublished, uncredentialed undergraduate. It was my first published book review. Some of the editors there didn't like my approach much, but they let me maintain my vision for the review nevertheless (aside from the title, which they wouldn't change!):
Also, here's an interesting piece to check out, meantime.
Edited by LifeOnaPlate, 27 June 2012 - 06:05 PM.