John Newton “On Controversy”
John Newton is best known for his classic hymn “Amazing Grace,” but he wrote much more. One of the most helpful things he ever wrote is found among his collected letters. A fellow minister had written to Newton informing him of his intention to write an article criticizing another minister because of disagreement about some point of theological controversy. Newton’s reply to this minister should be required reading for all who engage in theological writing or discussion, whether in books, journals, blogs, or back porches.