I love auto-display trackback urls. I really do. For instance, my trackback notification led me here. Alvin Kimel from Pontifications related the dialogue that recently occurred between Steve and I and Antonio da Rosa on the matter of assurance. But that isn’t what this post is about. Perry Robinson just happened to stop by that post and offer his two cents. This is what he has to say:
I am so incredibly tired of Protestant/Catholic debates. Who cares about Protestantism? Of those Protestant denominations who actually have some idea what the Reformation was about (what they think it was about) and still believe in it, they are tiny. Last I heard the OPC for example split yet again, from a vast multitude of 22,000 worldwide to 20,000. The believing reformation bodies are miniscule. The vast hordes of evangelicals, pentacostals, baptists and other assorted monstantists and manicheans are rapidly mutating into some other religion, either by pure quackadoxy or some new “movement” to “challenge” Christians yet again. The liberal denominations will probably be extinct by the end of this next century and they are pretty much just empty shells at this point. They are just as fad driven, moralistic and vaporous as their conservative counterparts.
So I say, who the hell cares about Protestantism? Why should we care about it? Sure, its loud and pervasive, but it is but a wiff of cloud. Bump it and it breaks. Golly gee, can’t Protestants talk about something OTHER than their usual-justification-the only thing worth reading in the Bible is Romans and Galatians-the evil pope-everything material is evil-have the successful life now-Jesus is coming back in 5 minutes…err…10….15…-ten easy steps to moral improvement in this book with a flashy cover-God the Cosmic Healing Bellhop-you had better divide Law & Gospel MY way-why hollywood is STILL the enemy-the evil pope…again.
Gosh, who cares? I don’t.
Consider the context of this comment. Alvin Kimel had just documented my discussion with Antonio da Rosa. In other words, a rational, civil, and exegetical discussion concerning matters of orthodoxy had been cited in the immediate context of this post. So what is Robinson talking about? Certainly nothing relevant to the matter at hand! Why does Robinson spam the comments section in such a manner? Has he nothing better to do in his spare time?
In any case, it almost goes without saying that Robinson’s comment is excessive, emotional, and irrational. It also completely contradicts his position. Perry Robinson, for those who do not know, is an Episcopal convert to Eastern Orthodoxy. How did that happen? Unless Robinson is willing to admit that this decision had no rational basis, then he obviously made this choice based upon his conclusions concerning the issues at hand. In other words, he studied the issues of Protestantism. He obviously believes that these issues and differences matter, or else he would not have made such a decision. So, if anything, he is not someone who doesn’t “care” (though he makes that ridiculously dishonest claim in his comment).
Is this really what it is has come to? Have we fallen this far from the passions of our fathers? Do we no longer have the ability to think and communicate rationally, in a manner that has a desire to present and defend truth? Comments coming from someone like Robinson do not give us much hope. One of the other comments on that post by “Mike J” is simply hilariously true: “Perry, the image I have of you when I read such posts is that of a skilled surgeon deftly wielding his scalpel to make a precise incision… and then making the final motion with all the subtlety of a 10 pound mallet!” Tis the situation exactly.
I would like to invite Perry Robinson to come and discuss the “issues” with me. Don’t simply spam other people’s comment sections with excessive, straw-man-filled rhetoric. Let’s be civil, shall we! I certainly care, and I know you do too.