Critique—done well—is a gift to the one being criticized. We should welcome the opportunity to have our thinking corrected and clarified. We see through a glass dimly, and God has gifted the church with teachers who often see things more clearly than we do at present. In God’s providence and through the gift of common grace he may also use unbelievers to critique our views, showing our logical mistakes or lack of clarity.
- understand a position before critiquing a position (wisdom from philosopher Mortimer Adler, in his classic, How to Read a Book
- observe self-criticism (a selection from theologian, John Frame)
- offer an alternative (a useful quote from Millard Erickson's Christian Theology, the old standard systematic theology used when I was a seminary student in another life on another planet)
The above three points won’t prevent us from making every mistake, but they will help us be better critics and therefore better servants of God and truth
Super advice. I hope we all consider and heed...
With that, I am...