Kinesis is confronted by a question of bloglinking etiquette. A treasured member of the UnRight Christians, she has done the decent thing and included the whole UnRight blogroll on her site, though of course she is under no obligation so to do. But - and here’s the rub - the list contains members whose views are not what she expected from members of the list.
Since posting these links, however, I have had the opportunity to read through them all and find that UCB contains links to a couple of blogs that espouse a more much conservative evangelical Christianity and overall worldview than I would have expected to find on a list which is called “Unright.” One of the blog owners in question is in the process of setting up an aggregator for evangelical Protestant women and has stated her intention to exclude those blogs that advocate a “lifestyle” contrary to Christian principles. As someone who doesn’t identify as an evangelical (in its current popular definition) and as a gay Christian I am excluded from participating in this group, but I am providing a link to her blog by virtue of being listed together in the UCB group.
I understand the dilemma, and it isn’t for me to suggest an answer (though I’m sure that Matthew 5: 38-48 is relevant). What I can do is address the source of the dilemma which lies in the nature of the UnRight list. Originally I set it up for my benefit. Then it seemed good to make it more widely available as a challenge to the widely-held notion that Christian can be equated with conservatism. The first blogs on the list were there because I put them there. Some have since asked to join. But there has never been any sort of “doctrinal statement”, whether social, political or theological, which members of the list are expected to assent to. A consequence of this is a fair diversity of views, with some members being less unright than others.
I see this diversity as a strength, but I recognize that there might be some who would rather it was a “purer” listing. At this stage I haven’t any specific proposals to make, but I would be interested in your reflections. Is an essentially open list like the UnRight a useful one, or should it be more constrained? Would a poll of members views on a range of issues be useful? I’m not going to be losing any sleep over any of this — it’s only blogging after all — but since I put the list up in the first place I would like it to be as useful as possible. Let me know what you think.