Rules on Comments: Read this First, then Comment

If you wish to add a comment, particularly one that encompasses an argument or a critique, please be sure that it addresses the evidence of the thread. If you cannot meet this criteria, I will probably either ignore your comments or delete them. For example, if you take issue with my blog post titled “Was Peter the Rock?”, then be sure to reply not only to the subject of interpretation of Matthew 16:18-19, but also be sure to address the specific pieces of evidence that I bring forward to make my point. In short, address the exegeses of Jerome or Hrabanus Maurus, for instance. Do not respond by posting a series of quotes of those who support your own alternative interpretation without even discussing the exegetical texts. Likewise, in another example, if you take issue with my blog post titled, “Colin McGinn’s Inborn Knowledge”, be sure to address either my reading of the text or some of McGinn’s specific arguments of the text. Do not just post long screeds about how much you dislike rationalism in general.

I do not spend hours on end writing and translating for 2,000 to 7,000 word posts just for someone to leave argumentative comments that are not intent on engaging both the theses and the pieces of evidence of my blog posts. If I engaged those posts without any qualification, I would spend far more time here than I can afford. So please understand, if you don’t follow these guidelines for comments, I reserve the right to ignore or delete them at my own whim. These principles apply especially to comments that are nothing more than copypasta arguments.

As for nonargumentative or noncritical comments, I do not have a set criteria for them. Just be sure, as with all comments, to have some modicum of respect.