It’s been a year since I totally mishandled the situation surrounding the website known as The Daily Scribe. Many readers undoubtedly remember the fiasco surrounding the project. Everything about the site unraveled as I was personally unraveling. I was burn-out from over ten years of full-time theological education (long story); I was in the midst of a spiritual journey that at the time seemed hopeless; I was totally disenchanted by/with the American Religious Liberalism I hopefully embraced (thank God for Ricoeur’s expressed ‘Second Naivete’); I was in the midst of a Clinical Pastoral Education Program that placed me right in the middle of more human suffering and death than I ever cared to witness; I was worried about my immediate family and our future. All of these real-time issues intersected and created the perfect personal storm. Most of my relationships suffered a bit during this stormy time. Online interactions were damaged too. I handled the entire Scribe situation in a less than mature fashion. For that, I have no excuse. I can only offer the above as an attempt at explanation.
So, again, I apologize to everyone who was involved. I still stand by the characterization of Scribe I cited a year ago: It became a portal for seriously thin pluralism and new age gibberish. It became less of a conversation and more of a marketing tool for new age expressions. That said, I am 100% in support of deep inter-faith dialog. I do think, however, that a solid identity must be expressed by all parties involved in such conversation. Deep inter-faith dialog only happens when two or more groups who have a firm grasp of their own unique and distinctive identities come to the table to share, not advertise. Scribe became more about veiled advertisement than conversation. The ’stuff’ some were trying to sell was … well, let’s just call it interesting.
The point of inter-faith dialog is not to create a ‘big-tent’ in which we can smash together all religious expressions until they become an unrecognizable - and I would say unlivable - one. No! The point is to celebrate uniqueness and identity while engaging differences together. Scribe became the proverbial ‘big-tent’ into which everything from secular atheists to Jewish-Buddhist-witches were smashed. It was not only unlivable, but also unreadable! The original vision for conversation was lost and replaced with the thin pluralism represented in American Religious Liberalism. Scribe looked and sounded more like a Unitarian Universalist Church, than the authentic conversation I initially envisioned. I was beyond frustrated. So, I zapped the whole thing in less than mature fashion and method! I also upset a lot of people too.
For that, I apologize. Again, I am so sorry. I should have handled things much differently. I have learned a great deal in a year. These lessons were not easy and they were deeply personal. So, thank you to all who helped me learn them.
So, Scribe is being rebuilt, with many great lessons learned. Working out one’s theology in this new era of online social networking is beyond interesting, to say the least. It’s a wonderful new medium in which we all do our theology building; we are the first to do so on this level, and so publicly. It’s not always pretty, especially for the transparently honest, but it is good.
The Daily Scribe’s new direction is totally focused upon quality Christian content. Quality of style, thought, and expression (voice) is key. Only those blogs characterized by such will be added to the aggregate. The Christian wing of the Internet is a colorful place; that’s a good thing! The Daily Scribe is, however, a space dedicated to the very best content Christians have to offer the world. So, not all who apply will be added to the aggregate.
The site is also dedicated to Christianity and Christian writers. I honestly believe that there is more than enough diversity inherent to the Christian faith than we can probably process. I think it would be a good idea to begin some ‘inter-faith’ conversation within our own faith before we try to engage adherents of other religions, at least from this website. So, Reformed, Emerging, Emergent, Anabaptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Independents, etc., will be considered for the aggregate. I’m sure we will be plenty busy just trying to communicate with one another on a deep and mature level.
Community and interactive aspects will be added to the site shortly. Rebuilding will take a bit of time, but it will happen.
All of that said, visit The Daily Scribe and feel free to apply to be added to the aggregate. Peace.