okay, we've been dragging on long enough. time to get this thing going, don't you think?
i want to say that i hope this will be a space where a wide variety of opinions will be expressed. you do not have to be a brian groupie to comment on this blog. (no starry eyes required.) you do not have to be emerging (whatever this means) or post-something to be welcomed in the conversation. you also don't have to be an evangelist for your point of view or someone who leaves anonymous posts that are the equivalent of a drive-by shooting. (this will not endear you to anyone) you just have to be actually reading the book and interested in open, honest exchange among cyber-acquaintances who sometimes disagree, but somehow do so respectfully. some of you are wondering how i will be able to participate in this discussion at all. to this, i say, be prepared to witness a whole new jen.
our structure for this discussion will be simple. agenerousorthodoxy bloggers will take turns posting on each chapter with occasional rabbit trails to linger on points that bear more in depth discussion. these will be assigned ahead of time via email in the beginning until we get our groove thing going here. hopefully, our posts will generate good discussion. but. as any good blogger knows, many a fine conversation is initiated by the clever commenter, taking the post in a whole new enlightening direction. i hope this happens a lot.
we won't be posting a jillion separate posts a day--just one--so even the most negligent blog reader can count on their rss feed to keep them completely up to date. this blog will not overtake your life. i promise.
my hope is this blog will result in a honest discussion, between people who might otherwise--in real life, anyway--never have the chance to meet, let alone choose one another for dialogue partners. to me, that's the coolest thing ever.
so without further ado, here goes: how did chapter zero strike those of you reading along who do not know brian personally? bizarre? absurd? funny? mad? i have my perspective, but i'd love to hear yours. what conclusions did you draw if any about what you were getting yourself into? did it suck you into the book or make you wonder what the hell is wrong with this guy? all responses welcome, please.