Randy Fennig, a former United Brethren pastor and missionary, sent me a link to an interview with a nephew, Andrew Fennig, who is developing a product for online discussion. The interview includes some great theological insights. And there was also this excellent paragraph in answer to the question “What makes a good/healthy online debate?”
“Any healthy debate requires humility and respect. These are different, but are connected. HUMILITY to acknowledge that, even though I may have strongly held opinions, my thinking is fallible and another perspective may be closer to the truth than is mine. Or, even a less-true perspective may challenge mine sufficiently to lead me closer to the truth. And RESPECT to believe that despite our differences, that perspective may be held by anyone with whom I interact.”
I can’t imagine that that pertains in any way to Facebook discussions.