Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Brief Word on Supposedly Innocent Pejorative Labels

Calling the person or position of someone like John Howard Yoder "sectarian" in a scholarly context in 2010 -- and doing so in the guise, believed or not, of such a label being innocent or purely descriptive -- is roughly the same, in an ecumenical context, as identifying Catholic understanding of the Eucharist as "magical."

In other words: it just doesn't fly.


  1. Can I use "sectarian" of Hauerwas and "magical" of Catholic transubstantiation, and mean them both explicitly pejoratively? :)

  2. By all means sir! I simply require equanimity in prejudice, and truth in advertising.