Funny fact about me: I once lost my job because I put my name on a book. I was told (as I was being shown the door) that the ideas in the book wouldn't have created the problem if I had buried them in a dense tome laden with academic jargon. Thus it wasn't that I was openly invested in historical criticism, it was that I did so in an accessible book (so accessible now that you can buy it - within the saturated market of amazon.com - for less than $2). Shortly after I was forcibly uninvited from that institution Chris and I started this blog. Needless to say: we felt that greater accessibility was a virtue and not a vice.
For the last four years I have been a bit wary of allowing anonymous comments here. On occasion these comments have been very fruitful. More often than not, our policy to include anonymous comments has been an invitation to trolls (i.e. commenters who hijack the conversation for the sake of controversy). Sometimes folks just want to spread hate which, in this saturated market, is free. Luckily I have not needed to play the role of adjudicator most of the time. The internet is still something like the Wild West and us non-digital natives are still learning how to act with civility. I am now convinced that intellectual integrity involves functioning within a community committed to intellectual integrity. Most often, this requires the risk of using one's own name (there, of course, are exceptions).
After discussing the matter with the other contributors, The Jesus Blog will adopt an adjudication process that (almost always) requires commenters to use their names.
Now allow me to bring in a few caveats. If you want to simply place your name at the top of a post (à la St. Paul) you are welcome to do so. If you want to post with a pseudonym (cf. St. "Paul") you are welcome to do so. Also if your post requires anonymity for some reason and you state your reason at the top of your post, you might have some luck. If your post is just too good not to post, we will almost certainly post it.
Finally, this particular comments thread (below this post) will allow as many anonymous posts as you can throw at me (sans trolling comments). Feel free to make the opposite case or voice your dissent to the new policy. I cannot promise to read all of these posts because I will be thinking about baseball for most of the day (#evenyear). But I am am willing to be proven wrong.
Thank you for your continued participation within this virtual community.