From Quote to Comments

A lot of the most fervent action on this blog in recent days has been on a post that offered a quotation from Eric Reitan. Well, Prof. Reitan has been kind enough to stop by and leave a couple of comments on that thread, and his words are worth hearing. So I invite even those who may have read the original post, or have followed the comment thread for a while and then grown weary, to pay it just one more visit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11335631079939764763 Bob MacDonald

    Yes – his comments are apt – but the deaf are shouting very loudly. You show patience and love for these fearful voices. May their ears be dug so that their mouth can learn not to lift up its voice in the street.

  • http://www.abandonallfear.org.uk Lex Fear

    James,Please keep up these post, I’m enjoying watching this controversy (admittedly at your personal expense).Never seen your comments section so lively with so many competing voices – much more fun that debating about evolutionary theories.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    I don’t mind the “expense” – I’m glad the discussions have been lively, for the most part relatively civil, and I hope all those involved are finding the interaction valuable.

  • Paul Niles

    Just a comment from the cheap seats. Following this and other discussions led to the following question:If the bible is inerrant and God has made an effort to prevent errors and inaccuracies from being incorporated — why the 4 moderately different Gospel accounts?The answer has been — well they are from four different perspectives. But these aren’t just regular perspectives, these are divinely breathed, they should be held to a higher standard. While different perspectives should exist — focus on different aspects of the same event etc… One would expect there to be ZERO conflict whatsoever if they were written from a divine source.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08891402278361538353 Truth Unites… and Divides

    “Well, Prof. Reitan has been kind enough to stop by and leave a couple of comments on that thread, and his words are worth hearing.”Here’s a thread which comments on Prof. Reitan’s comments titled Yet Another Liberal Professor. Excerpts: “One Dr Eric Reitan has chimed in here and here at Dr McGrath’s blog.He is apparently nothing more than another dime-a-dozen liberal religion professor type…””Right off the bat, you [Reitan] are setting yourself up as an authority over the Bible, just like Dr McGrath.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395422809298131385 Levi

    James – I don’t know how you deal with those people. Good luck with that.If it makes you feel any better, I just had to deal with someone saying “global warming is a myth invented by liberals wanting to take over the brains of our children and make money doing it”wow :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11983601793874190779 Steven Carr

    Eric Reitan made it to the Richard Dawkins web site.Fame…

  • steph

    There is real value in these posts of yours James, but no value in the responses from the fundamentalists whose objective is to attack with insults and rhetoric, not to discuss, as the nom de plume exemplifies above (“He is apparently nothing more than another dime-a-dozen liberal religion professor type”???). They completely lack any sense of civility and don’t contribute anything at all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17303885427565816487 Josh

    …whose objective is to attack with insults and rhetoric, not to discuss.”I echo this sentiment and think it is the real problem with the conversations on these threads. The tone of the fundamentalist rhetoric is unfortunate and makes it hard to sift though the information. It has been a good exercise for me to work through the issues of learning what is of substance and what is rhetoric. But there is certainly a danger the voices of discussion can get drowned out.

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