Next week, this blog will be populated exclusively by posts from Christian feminists. I’ve had several submissions, and there are more coming in. You can read about the initial invitation and learn how to submit something here.
Some have wondered why feminists need to post on my blog and not, instead, have a space of their own. They don’t need to post here. And many do, thankfully, have blogs of their own. In fact, a couple of next week’s posts are cross-posts from their own blogs. The reason, I suppose, to submit a post for this blog is to reach a different audience, and to say some things to that audience that need to be said.
Others have asked why, in my original invitation, I said that I would be reading, but not commenting or moderating comments. I won’t be commenting because, quite honestly, that’s when I’ve most often put my foot in my mouth. It’s better to let the commentary play out without my involvement.I won’t be moderating the comments because I don’t want to be put in the position of favoring one post and disallowing another. I don’t actually think that several of the guest bloggers would even trust my judgment in that regard. However, each of the guest bloggers has my email address, so they can always notify me if the commentary is getting out-of-hand or disrespectful. Editors at Patheos will also be watching the commentary, as they always do.
If any of you thinks the commentary is growing abusive or disrespectful next week, please contact me.
I think that, for the most part, you will find what I have found: the readers and commenters on this blog tend to be thoughtful, respectful, and interesting. Of course, we have the occasional fundamentalist troll, but we’ve managed to shake most of those people loose over the years.
I’m looking forward to reading all of the posts and comments next week. I hope you are, too.