Saturday, February 22, 2014

Godwin's Law for the Church

In 1990 Mike Godwin made an internet observation that has become known by Godwin's Law.  He postulated:
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.
I believe there is an ecclesiastical equivalent to it.  Let me tweak it to read:
As an online Christian discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Pharisees or legalism approaches 1.
In other words, when Christians debate with each other online, eventually somebody is going to compare another person's views (or the person, himself) with Pharisaism or legalism and [on the wrong side of the argument because he is] in contrast to Jesus and grace.

Watch for it.