Monday, May 22, 2006

Dialogue with Babinski on Gretchen Passantino

Ed: I suspect that part of the reason Gretchen has a PR problem convincing fellow Christians that she is genuinely one of them is based partly on the way she debunks many Christian urban myths and fearing mongering excesses:
Satanism and Satanic Ritual Abuse
[Debunked by Gretchen]
Answers In Action Urban Legend Articles [Debunekd by Gretchen]
Gretchen even has an article at her website that comes out in favor of skepticism regarding the ossuary of James.
The folks at the Wittenberg Door
have a problem similar to Gretchen's in getting a majority of Christians to agree that are their fellows, since they debunk Christians who are faith healers or promoters of extravagant promises and miraculous claims.

VR: Oh I'm not sure about that. Her work on this goes right along with that of the Bible Answer-Man, Hank Hanegraaff. Hanegraaff is one of the most popular evangelical apologists today. Gretchen frequently appears on his program. You are implying that evangelical Christians don't want to hear this kind of internal criticism because you think Christians are all mouth-breathing fools who are inclined to believe everything they hear from a "Christian" source. Apparently you think Mark Noll's The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind was written by a closet agnostic.

Many of us Christians are sick and tired of the credibility of the Gospel being damaged by such rubbish as the health-and-wealth gospel, the Left Behind series and Hal Lindsey-style eschatology, bugs faith-healers like Benny Hinn, and so forth. Sadly, there are plenty of Christians who fall for this nonsense. I suspect some of them helped sprea the rumor about Gretchen. But many of us are only too grateful for people like her, who tell the truth whether it is the "pious" thing to do or not.

An old post of mine deals with that subject, to which you, true to form, appended a long, irrelevant diatribe.


Anonymous said...

I love it when Babinski comments! It's hilarious!

I like it even more when Ed goes head to head with Jason - their posts are so long that sometimes I think I'm never going to reach the end!!

Victor Reppert said...

Jason, like Ed, is prolix, but to do him justice, he does stick to the topic.