Friday, August 15, 2008

An hour of my life - gone forever

After a few/several months of blissful avoidance, I stumbled once more into the thicket of Protestant vitriol over at "Beggars All".

After presenting (in very brief form) an argument in defense of the Pope (a popular target of abuse over there) and in reply to a post there, I remarked:
I know, I know - you've heard all that before. Blah blah blah go Reginald and the Catholics. But we've heard your question before too. We can't help it if you don't like the answer. :-)
And the response was just about what I expected.

More to the point, and as I said in conclusion:
We've heard your question (questions, in this case) before. We've heard your objections. We've answered them. We can't help it if you don't like the answers, but I doubt that's the real problem. I don't think it's possible for us to offer answers that you would accept.

Isn't that right? Sure it is.
Life is too short to waste in quarreling. I'm not interested in debate club, and I'm surely not interested in mockery and dismissiveness. Nothing a Catholic says to the folks there will be adequate, short of declaring for Protestantism. Well, I've been there and done that, I bought the T-Shirt, the books, the theology, the secret decoder ring, the whole thing. And with God's help I'm not going back. So what do the "Beggars" gang and I have to say to each other on matters of religion? Not much. More's the pity. :-(


Mike Burgess said...

Here's a new one:

Anonymous said...

Sigh again, I'm always posting in a rush.

The best thing about the BA blog is the Catholic posting answers. If Catholics stopped posting the blog would dry up and blow away. It is clear from the "in your face" type posts that are aimed, not at any kind of intelligent comments, but, rather, at bullying.

EG: The post about the Church's list of best movies. Clearly a non-issue with any person with two neurons between their ears but the BA's see it as a chance to tweak Catholic noses and get a rise. Mike was at first both hilariously funny and relevant, then just relevant in his posts. I enjoy reading them but they are "pearls before swine".


Mike Burgess said...

I appreciate the kind words. Stop by Syzygus any time.

I need an Aquinas fix... can you hook me up? ;)

Reginald de Piperno said...


Mike, you rock. :-)

I apologize for neglecting the blog :-(

As it happens I have more than a dozen posts waiting to be written, from ST as well as SCG.

At some point I'm going to start re-reading SCG, and then there will be more from there. And then of course back to ST. But that is a lifetime reading/posting plan, so let's not get carried away :-)