In defending his trademark diet from criticisms that it was unbalanced, Dr. Atkins argued that the proper corrective for an existing imbalance was imbalance.
He may have been right … or not, but the premise has some merit.
One of my chief concerns with Presbyterian activism and advocacy about Israelis and Palestinians – for as long as I have observed it – has been that it is one-sided; that it is not balanced. A few months ago I watched a live stream of the Evangelicals for Social Action’s Impact Holy Land Conference. One of the speakers asserted that, when talking about the Holy Land, balance should be a four letter word.
I was kind of taken aback by this claim. I was familiar with it, of course, because the same assertion has been made in various PC(USA) contexts. Usually this was a bromide offered as a rebuttal to charges of a lack of balance in PC(USA) materials on Palestinian and Israeli issues. Most luminaries did not attempt to deny that there was an imbalance – because such a denial would rightly be met with laughter. But the general thinking was that imbalance was justified.
So is it? Should balance be a four letter word to Presbyterians? (more…)