I don’t disagree with you that my use of that quote can seem like missing the point. Maybe I can shed some light on why I did. Considering Brueggemann’s work for social justice I felt that this quote is key to the critique that I tried to bring. I certainly don’t want to come across as critiquing Brueggemann just because I can. Rather, in light of the rest of the interview I found it strange that he would use those words; “it’s almost futile to have a theological conversation about gays and lesbians.”
I think you are correct that part of his intention is to find other staring places that get at the deeper issue. Yet, one could make the same argument had he said that having a theological conversation about racism is futile. As a man of color I would likely have had the same reaction. As long as there are marginalized people among us having a theological conversation about their marginalization is not futile; even if they are not at the root of the “larger” issue.
You are right that debates don’t seem to accomplish much. That is why I try to distinguish between debates and dialogue.
Thanks for your reply, I appreciate your point of view!
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