Allow me send you over to Karen Swallow Prior’s critique of my observations on beautiful women, which can be found here and here. She provides an example of thoughtful engagement, as opposed to what frequently happens to me on such topics. I appreciate it very much.
I will probably respond more fully when I have a moment, but for now let me say why this kind of engagement is good and healthy. Prior is appealing to a standard I submit to (Scripture) and to a principle derived from Scripture which I affirm and agree with, and try to live by. That means we can actually get somewhere in a discussion.
When Carl Trueman responded to me, it was with a standard I reject — i.e. that one counter-example vitiates a generalization. That is what causes arguments, as Billy Preston might say, to “go round in circles.”
The only thing in her post that jarred it was the link to Rod Dreher’s piece. I explain why in the post just prior to this one.