R. Scott Clark has written a recent piece titled, “Why one should read before writing or the difference between is and must be” over at his blog on March 23rd, 2011. It basically responds to TurretinFan, and TurretinFan’s response can be found HERE. Paul Manata at his blog has also offered his thoughts on the same post made by Clark, in his entry titled, “How not to argue against a position Part III” and I think Clark should really read what Manata has to say and learn something there.
I have nothing to offer in terms of the same caliber compare to what these men have said. Nor do I have the time presently.
But I wanted to point out one point, which Clark complained about TurretinFan:
why don’t Christian bloggers take personal responsibility for the things they write? My name is on every post. I’m held to account for every syllable. I don’t understand the ethos of anonymous Christian blogging. Doesn’t the 9th commandment entail taking such accountability?
My first thought at reading this was whether the 9th commandment entailed an “accountability” that goes against the idea of Christians blogging anonymously. But I took the advice of an older man, and did not wanted to write anything until I read the ninth commandment first.
I looked over at the ninth commandment in my Bible and it states this in the NASB:
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
I just don’t know how the prohibition not to bear false witness against one’s neighbor would “entail” that one should not blog anonymously. I scratched my head with that one. Exodus 20:16 seems to be speaking about the truth claim of what one asserts about others instead of the protection of one’s identity. It seems that it is possible that one can be anonymous to SOME people and yet obey this commandment and not bear false witness against someone. I think of those in the business of law enforcement, such as my boss who was a former undercover officer, who can testify in a trial and not bear false witness concerning a suspect by speaking only the truth of the matter. Yet, in some sense the witness he bears is anonymous to MOST people (for obvious reason because of the nature of his work).
In either case, I find it ironic that TurretinFan has said more than once he was willing to email R. Scott Clark his personal information (names, etc) provided that he agree to keep that information from being revealed publicly, for the sake of keeping him accountable to his church leadership if the need arise. Clark’s blog post fail to acknowledge this. But I digress.
My main point is this: This incident is another example that when it comes to the Scriptures,