What happens when you disagree with the deepest values of another person? In today’s argument culture, is it possible to critique that which is sacred to another person with gentleness and humility? Is it possible to embody critical generosity?

Violating the Sacred Core

The sacred, notes sociologist James Davidson Hunter, “expresses that which is non-negotiable and defines the limits” of what a person or community will tolerate.1 Violating a sacred core typically evokes a harsh response. How might we critique the non-negotiable beliefs of another without it devolving into an argument?

Continue reading Tim Muehloff’s article to explore the possibility that extending generosity is possible, even while winsomely critiquing.

Read About Critical Generosity



  1. James Davidson Hunter, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America (New York: Basic Books, 1993), p. 322.