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Answering Critics


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Should a person always answer his or her critics?

It is our impulse. We might feel that silence implies vacillation, lack of courage, or unwillingness to engage.

Perhaps, sometimes, it does. At other times, it merely indicates a feeling that all has been said and a confidence that one has considered all the arguments and others have had the same opportunity.

Our old seminary professor was facing a barrage of criticism at one point in the form of mass mailing campaigns. Asked if he would respond, he sort of yawned and said , "No. I don't think so. If you wrestle with a skunk, even if you win, you lose."