Darrell Pursiful wrote a recent post commenting that Fisher Humphreys (pictured at left) is one of his favorite Baptist theologians. He provided an extract of an interview with Humphreys from the June 2008 issue of Baptists Today, where Humphreys discussed the importance of getting along with Christians who believe differently:
I believe that this is a topic of interest to eclectic minded Christians, so with Darrell’s permission I have reproduced the rest of his post below:
BT: Many people have expressed appreciation for the way you address controversial subjects such as Calvinism and Fundamentalism without fanning the flames of controversy. How have you been able to do that?
FH: I have been helped by the example of several people whom I’ve known well, some in person and some through books. The theologian who helped me most in his books was Leonard Hodgson, an Anglican who was Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford.
He pointed out that it is natural for us to assume that, when we believe something deeply and express it clearly, those who continue not to agree with us have either not understood us properly or are being stubborn in resisting what we said; in other words, we assume that those who disagree with us are either ignorant or evil. Read the rest of this entry »