Wednesday, September 2, 2009
When Protestant "Scholars" Attack!: Vol I
This is the first post of a new running series called, 'When Protestant "Scholars" Attack!' I don't mind debating a topic about Catholicism when a person uses relevant theological, historical, and rational argumentation. I enjoy debating people who are seriously interested in the truth and want to exchange their research in an effort to argue their position. I invite those people to continue to challenge my beliefs, and I will do my best to offer a rational researched response. I believe that those who are seeking the truth will eventually end up Catholic. I am growing tired however of people using bad arguments, crazy analogies or irrelevant material (Red herrings) to attack the Catholic Church with. We hear a loud bark, yet there is no bite. It seems that anyone with a blog these days can bring in traffic by hurling insults and red herrings at the Catholic Church. This type of bottom barrel feeding is now at an all time high in the Protestant apologetics world.
So, instead of wasting my time by falling into a long heated debate with these people, I will simply summarize how bad their argument is. This will save me time so I can focus on real arguments and real research, and still be able to defend the Church from these outlandish attacks. (Not that the Church really needs me to defend it from these guys) Maybe this will get people to start taking more time to do some real research before putting up a blog post attacking the Catholic Church with some lame argument. These people are usually pretty stubborn, but I will give it a try despite the backlash I will receive. Without further ado, the first edition of, 'When Protestant "Scholars" Attack!'
Protestant "Scholar" #1 Steve Hays-Triablogue
In an attempt to argue against the papacy this "scholar", Steve Hays from Triablogue has invented a new ecclesial typology as to how the church is composed. He now has compared the Church to a flock of birds, or a school of fish! Just when you think you have heard it all. I guess this guy has never read the Scriptures where Jesus refers to the flock as being sheep, which need a shepherd? If this is the best argument against the papacy as being the visible head of the Church, Catholics have nothing to fear. Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep, not swim like a school of fish or fly as a formation of birds. While movements of flocks of birds or schools of fish are fascinating, the analogy is not a Biblical one. What he is trying to accomplish here is a mystery indeed. Link Here.
Protestant "Scholar" #2 Rhology- Beggars All
Rhology over at Beggars All blog has come up with the best arguments yet against the Catholic teaching on Mary's perpetual virginity. He uses the abuse scandals to explain why the Catholic Church's theology on Mary is wrong. When someone uses an argument not pertaining to the topic, we call that a red herring. Lets plug in Rhology's pitiful argument into the fallacy. For those who don't know how this fallacy goes, here is the perfect example. Link here.
Topic A is under discussion. Mary's Perpetual Virginity
Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A). Sexual Abuse.
Topic A is abandoned. Mary's Perpetual Virginity