Of the videos I uploaded to my YouTube Channel in 2012, this one got far and away the most views:
Dear Tony, Thanks for re-posting this video. I missed it the first time around. I deeply appreciate the “third” way you talk about atonement. It is actually what I heard preached every Sunday as I grew up at First Presbyterian Church in Waco, Texas. My father was the minister there for 30 years. And so I must admit that I am very curious about how this theology of the atonement was received at Baylor. FPC Waco was an “alternative” theological environment in Waco and I grew up seeing occasional picketing outside our church because of what we believed. So how did this play itself out? Sincerely, Shannon Johnson Kershner now in Black Mountain, NC
Okay…so now I am confused. I thought I was commenting on the Atonement lecture you gave at Baylor University. Now I see it is linked with “The Innocence of Muslims” video so my comments do not make any sense. Sorry about that!
Thanks for reposting this. I watched it last time and I watched it again now.
Interesting that you feel impotent being so far away. I live right here in the Middle East and I have the same feelings. What can I do?
I can tell you that in this country of 1.5 million, there were about 1500 people who angrily protested that video. A very small number. I doubt any of them would have seen it. They are so afraid of disrespecting the name of Mhd that I doubt they would have seen it. It was all hearsay.
I do know that the rest of the country continued to go to work, as I did, with my fellow Muslims coworkers, and it was business as usual. They did not treat me differently. They did not attribute the video with me. For several days I think I detected us treating each other with greater respect and tenderness just to make a point. Many of them don’t like to even talk about it.
I did speak to one person openly about it and he was outraged at the reaction of radicals.
It takes courage at home (in the west) to make a moderate stand and speak up for ‘the other’ and for respect for each other in a pluralistic world. In this country, with anger possibly bubbling beneath the surface I know it takes a lot of courage for moderates to speak up. Moderation is not a widely acceptable virtue. Passion and purity are very much revered. I did read one intellectual admonishing others to please speak up and make a case moderation and tolerance. I think there are many similar trends happening here in religious communities and similar conversations as I hear back home.
I’m reading Brian’s book right now and it’s the perfect encouragement for me right now.
Thanks again for this. Happy New Year to you and yours.
When the page loads it shows your lecture at Baylor but quickly switches to “The Innocence of Muslims.” Which video was the most watched?
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