Posted by: aboutalbion | October 24, 2012

Debate in civil society

In debate in the UK over religion, I find that one of the most acute commentators is Andrew Brown.  He writes a weekly column for the “Church Times”, and writes the ‘Comment is free – belief’ blog for the online “Guardian”.  Here’s a taste of his work from the end of last week …

“More importantly, it shouldn’t matter whether either [person] is being insincere when they are making good arguments.  The force of an argument, in reasoned debate, should be entirely distinguishable from the character of the arguer.  Some things are true even when loathsome people assert them; some things are false even when lovable saints maintain them.  It’s practically the distinguishing feature of civic, as opposed to tribal, life that we treat arguments on their own merits.”

[“Church Times” 19 October 2012]


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