The Evangelical Exodus Continues

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Things have been keeping me busy in the Evangelical Exodus world. The book was featured in a recent NCR article, it was reviewed by Catholic Culture, it has about 20 reviews and is currently at #133 in the Catholicism category on Amazon, then Catholic World Report published an interview with me, and I’ll be talking about it soon on The Journey Home (what some consider to be the third sacrament of initiation)!

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The White Oliphint in the Room

I got a real thrill when it was panned by James White (what some consider to be the fourth sacrament of initiation). After reading a few quotes from the book, White opined that, “synergistic Thomism is a pretty fertile field out of which to grow Romanists.” I was touched. See it yourself HERE (starts at 15:35). Later, Dr. K. Scott Oliphint used the book as a springboard to take a swing at Thomism in his ReformCon (yes, that’s a thing) talk which you can watch HERE (the video isn’t really a live stream, it’s just poorly edited. The lecture begins at 15:30). In his lecture he said he was writing a review (he requested a copy of the book for that purpose), so I look forward to reading that (I am sure a presuppositional apologist will have nothing but good things to say!).

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Unfortunately, Southern Evangelical Seminary has not chosen to interact with the book in a manner befitting their continued claims to uphold the truth and defend the Historic Christian Faith. Rather, they have mostly attacked minutiae and repeated the dismissive narrative that prompted the writing of the book in the first place. In any case, more converts to Catholicism from SES are telling their stories, and I have been collecting the public ones on a new page at EvangelicalExodus.com.

That’s it for now!

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2 thoughts on “The Evangelical Exodus Continues

  1. If James White wants a pound of your flesh, you’ve certainly come of age! Congratulations are in order.

    It is interesting, too, that at the core of this exodus is the work of Norman Geisler and his dogmatism on a number of matters. He is one of the most prominent advocates of the myth that the manuscripts of the New Testament are 99.5% or better in agreement, and so forth. And, it is a myth. To be sure, this same popularized myth also resulted in the exodus of Bart Ehrman from Evangelicalism to agnosticism when he became acquainted with readings and the many thousands of variants among the manuscripts for himself.

    There are other issues with the kinds of things that Norman Geisler has put into print as well in his various attacks on various religious traditions, and it has been seen that will bend the rules a bit from time to time. Such another case can be seen in his claims that there is “no evidence” that there are missing books from the Bible. Never mind that several are listed by other books in the Bible and that consensus scholarship is of the opinion that there was another letter of Paul, now lost, prior to what we now call 1 Corinthians, or that 2 Corinthians actually seems to be a composite of fragments of multiple other letters, or when it is stated that there are other letters that Paul himself stated he wrote which we know have been lost to us. Even the term “historic Christianity” (a favorite ad hoc term for many under the influence of Geisler) is a misnomer, particularly when we think in terms of Evangelicalism.

    People don’t like facts being twisted and when people find out a portion of the truth they tend to rebel against the views of the person(s) creating the distortions and begin to learn facts that were hidden from the reader by the ‘distortionist(s).’ That is human nature. There was quite a buzz when Beckwith fled the Evangelical coop. That was a sight to see, and now the number is growing. It should be interesting to see what comes of this in future. Thanks for informing the public about this movement.

  2. not as interesting as some of your previous posts… I still have the greatest respect and admiration for Dr. Geisler… we disagreed on several things, including TULIP, Calvinism vs. Arminianism… and others…I found him to be brilliant, compelling, and charismatic, but a bit dogmatic… he might say the same about me, especially where we differed… he was fun to argue with, and always took our differences in good humor… I don’t see ever becoming a papist, but I hope that will never come between our friendship…

    Blessings…Tom

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