I speak as one who is far away from the geographical centre of the debate, but I have been trying to get to grips with what the Federal Vision is all about. A recent development has been production of a document and a (pretty cool) website calling for charitable theological discourse in the matter. It is noticeable that much of the debate amongst bloggers has since shifted away from the central theological issues and on to the value of the document itself.
I find this annoying, but predictable. Asking for people to sign up for charitable theological discourse is like asking everyone to sign up for feeding the world. As soon as you do that, instead of getting on with feeding the world, everyone is concerned about who is really concerned to feed the world. In the end all it amounts to is some naff posturing and accusatory finger pointing.
Come on guys! Take the hint, be charitable, avoid ad hominems and conspiracy theories, scrap the silly (though cool) website and lets get back to the main point, eh?