In respect of the word 'persuade', yeah whatever.
That wasn't the heart of my post, just a word I used. If we are getting into different types of persuasion then I guess the word needs to be dropped.
I don't think I have any problem with my Orthodox presuppositions being challenged. I happen to disagree with Linus7 in respect of how far he seems to go towards post-Schism Roman Catholicism, but I am entirely in agreement with him that it is necessary to go beyond easy polemics.
My convictions are not something to be cosily protected from challenge. Let's take the likely disagreements that exist between my convictions and yours. At the furthest extent you can have the conviction that I am a Eutychian heretic, and I can consider you a heretic Papist. These could be sincerely, but ignorantly, held convictions. But they'd both be wrong surely.
Or I can take various issues and allow my convictions to be challenged. Indeed I very often read or engage in discussion like this with a willingness to be convinced. Otherwise I am not listening at all. What about papal supremacy? Is it a complete heresy? So I don't need to think about it, just parrot my conviction - 'It's a complete heresy'. Or should I start to think about what I understand by the term, what you mean by the term, how far there is agreement, where we cease to agree and why.
It may well be that as a sincere Orthodox I have 80% convictions and 20% prejeudices I've picked up. Surely these need to be challenged. If not then I'm stuck with believing that you're a semi-Nestorian at least. As it is, I find that my bishops and the theologians of my communion lead me in thinking through what I believe, and what others believe and discovering how far the differences are not substantial.
Challenge and persuade away. I'm not afraid of the theological baggage I carry around being shaken. My faith is secure, the rest needs to be challenged. I don't believe that all Christian theology is the same, though I appreciate and honour all sincere Christian folk's pilgrimage. But people are sincerely wrong about Christian theology. It seems a sin to not wish that they be converted to the fulness of the Gospel. I'd expect a sincere Roman Catholic, or Lutheran, or Baptist to wish me to understand that there was error in my convictions for the good of my soul.