The response to my post about the way arguments by people endorsing re-baptism and people endorsing same-sex weddings seem to take the same form has united both camps.
Both have written me in private and public to say that I am off base. I’ve had more private e-mail on this post than any other I’ve written.
These two issues are not at all the same, they say. The other side is wrong. I am wrong in some way to compare them.
Of course, my post did not say that the issues were the same. I just said the way advocates on both sides form their arguments are similar. I suppose if you believe your position is right and other side is wrong, observations about the formal similarity of your arguments are not helpful.
I’m not even convinced that my observations were helpful or all that interesting. But I teach college students to construct and analyze arguments, so the similarity struck me as worthy of at least a mention.