Agree to disagree

My friend Kerry, a Methodist minister, reminded me where the term “agree to disagree” comes from.

In her church’s online newsletter, Kerry attributes the phrase to John Wesley, the first Methodist, and his friend George Whitfield.

Wesley wrote in a letter to his brother Charles, “If you agree with me, well. If not, we can say, as Mr. Whitfield used to say, agree to disagree.”

Whitfield wrote in a letter in 1750, “After all, those who will live in peace must agree to disagree in many things with their fellow-laborers, and not let little things part or disunite them.”

I don’t always agree with my friends about many things—including politics. Sometimes, I need to remind myself to agree to disagree.

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