“What I can do, however, is have the decency to be ashamed of my drive to self-promotion and my craving for attention and for flattery”
Like the guy who called my former Pastor a lunatic, racist and/or incompetent for him not knowing as much about the holocaust as the name caller, who claimed he’d been studying the holocaust for 10 years.
Very well-written post and very true. I think many blog writers (not necessarily Rev Keister and the contributors to this site) have a very inflated sense of self-importance due do the attention their posts generate – that is particularly true of Reformed blogs, unfortunately. Blogs are a great vehicle for education and discussion, but we must participate humbly, as the reformation21piece exhorts.
Dr. Trueman pointed out almost all the reasons why I purposely distance myself from various blogs. Inwardly it brings out the worst in me, and I can’t believe the way some people talk in blogs, and worst I actually know some of them in the real world.
It seems that for whatever reason such things as common decency, respect, and watch of tongues do not apply in the blog world.
By the way for those who may not know the reason I said Tim was well spoken is that Dr. Trueman in the past has routinely stated that Dr. Rushdoony was a holocaust-denier. When faced with the facts that this was a false statement Dr, Trueman has failed to rescind his slander of Dr. Rushdoony.
While I usually enjoy most of what Professor Trueman writes, I likewise was extremely offended by his language towards R. J. Rushdoony, and recently sent Christian Focus Publications (who published the aforementioned slander in his book “Minority Report”) a link to an article by Dr Rushdoony where he referred to “millions” of Jews who were killed by the Nazis in the holocaust.
Yet they have not even done me the courtesy of replying. So once again, when faced with the facts, Professor Trueman and Christian Focus refuse to admit they are in the wrong. Sadly, none of this surprises me in the slightest.
Guys, what Trueman said about Rushdoony is not in the particular link I posted here. Therefore, it is irrelevant to the subject. You may be right, and you may be wrong, but this post isn’t really the place to discuss it.
In line with your request, I will not flog a dead horse. However, Professor Trueman is being somewhat inconsistent in complaining about other people accepting what is, in the judgment of charity, legitimate praise. After all, his books have blurbs on them telling us he is one of the world’s finest young evangelical writers, a point I would concur with.
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens; Justification, by John Fesko; The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan; Recovering the Reformed Confessions, by Scott Clark; Brief Outline of Theology, by Friedrich Schleiermacher; Principles of Sacred Theology, by Abraham Kuyper
Books I am now reading
Exodus commentaries; Matthew commentaries; Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology; Baker's new history of the church
Books for future reading
Turretin's Institutes; Joseph Caryl on Job, German encyclopedias of theology