First, what does the term “apologetics” mean?
And what is my goal in exploring apologetics?
As I have begun to do research for this project, a few things have become very clear:
- Not all sources are reliable (duh!)
- Some people have grudges
- Some people take a single accusation and run with it
- Some people don’t do their own research
- Some people aren’t objective
This is unfortunate, because it means that there is a wealth of, well, crap, on the internet. But thankfully, there are books, there are recorded sermons from the people and churches I would like to address, and there are also sources in defense of each accusation made against them. That said, here are guidelines I intend to follow, and to be held accountable to:
- I will be objective
- I am not out to crucify (pun intended?) anyone
- As I look into accusations, I will also look into defenses in favor of the subject at hand
- I will have an open mind
- I will be thorough
- No statements will be made on the authority of a single source, unless I specifically state the lack of corroborating information
- When possible, I will rely on specific text from, or video of the subject to confirm what I present
- I will examine the credibility of each source used to gain information, and I will give them credit within, or at the end of each post
- I will be open minded
- In addition to examining counter-claims, I will remain open to revelation of new information brought to the table by readers, and/or new sources that emerge, and I will clarify any corrections within the original post, and will refer back to the corrections in the next post written
- I will not simply write with the goal of tearing down. The purpose of this blog is not to go on attack. I don’t want to create division and strife. I simply want to learn more about what is happening in many areas of the church and to share what I learn along the way. Part of learning (well) is impartiality.
Please feel free to keep me accountable, not just to these guidelines, but to any others I have missed that would be important in keeping integrity and truthfulness.
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