Tim Muehlhoff’s post in Christian Scholar's Review provides insight on how to winsomely and compassionately address another person's deepest convictions.
Race. Gender. Sexuality. Politics. Theology. Parenting. Vaccines. Mask wearing.
All potential conversational landmines.
What happens when you not only disagree with a person, but feel at odds with their deepest values? In today’s combative communication climate, is it possible to critique that which is sacred to another person with gentleness and humility? 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 defensiveness and a harsh response. How might we critique the non-negotiable beliefs of another without it devolving into an argument?
Read the full article in Christian Scholar’s Review: What Aids Theatre Can Teach Us in Critiquing Others
- James Davidson Hunter, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America (New York: Basic Books, 1993), 322.