“Over and above our own body, spouse, and temporal possessions, we still have another treasure – honor and good reputation. We cannot do without these. For it is intolerable to live among people in open shame and general contempt. Therefore, God does not want the reputation, good name, and upright character of our neighbor to be taken away or diminished, just as with his money and possessions.”
~Luther’s Large Catechism, comments on the Eighth Commandment
This is a post that I have not been looking forward to writing, but it is an issue that needs to be raised. Since coming to the seminary one problem has continued to bother me and it relates to how we, as seminarians and faculty, talk about those with whom we disagree.