A Personal Word from Gary Shogren
In addition to the articles that are cross published here at CMC I have been writing two theology blogs (Open My Eyes Lord and Razon de la esperanza) for the past three years, receiving a fair number of hits per month. In part I have my friend Mark S. to thank for this, since he convinced me that blogging was not necessarily, as I had thought, an exercise in narcissism.
In my day-to-day life, when a student asks me a question, I rarely blurt out a ready answer. I need to think, plus I’m a fanatic about presenting both sides of an issue and then demonstrating why I hold to an opinion.
Pound for pound, my blog posts are more direct, assured, and yes, dogmatic, compared with how I speak face to face. I trust that I am not one whose letters are weighty and strong, but whose presence is weak; rather, the blogging medium requires sharper argumentation.
Why the bolder style?
First, in my blogs I write only on themes which appeal to me for some reason, typically because I have a firm opinion on them or because no-one is saying what needs to be said. Why bother to write that “I’m 55%-45% on this issue” or just to chime in to say “I agree with so-and-so”?
Second, I have had plenty of time to think, write, and ask others for their thoughts before I publish. I maintain an “Ideas” file, so that the majority of my posts have been “simmering” on the back burner for months or even years. Some essays are adapted from books I have written.
Third, none of my posts in their current edition are the same as when they first went out. I usually update them as soon as I get feedback, typically to clarify a point here or to anticipate an objection there.
I love the joke, What do you get when you cross an atheist with a Jehovah’s Witness? Someone who knocks at your door for no reason. When people write a blog, they should have a better reason than just checking in.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://christmycovenant.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/cmc-gary-shogren-sm.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Copyright Gary Shogren.
Gary has a PhD in New Testament Exegesis. He serves as Professor at Seminario ESEPA, San Jose, Costa Rica[/author_info] [/author]