I recently happened upon an article by John Robbins, the founder of the Trinity Foundation, a (surprise!!) splinter group off of the PCA. The article was purportedly a book review of Rome Sweet Home, by Scott & Kimberly Hahn. In any event, besides the repeated attacks on Hahn’s biblical analysis and motives, he slips in the following comment:
“Although Hahn does not mention it in the book, his tuition at Gordon-Conwell was paid by a Calvinist Christian businessman who wanted to support a student who understood both free market economics and Christian theology, for the purpose of being able to teach economics to clergymen and Christian theology to economists. Hahn was highly recommended to the businessman by the Chairman of the Economics Department at Grove City. What Hahn learned at Grove City was Thomism, and his interest in economics - which he says he studied only to mollify his “practical” father, not because he was genuinely interested in the subject - has disappeared. Hahn’s obsession is to convert Christians to Catholicism, not to educate clergymen about principles of economics or economists about Christian theology. He owes one Christian businessman many thousand dollars and his former economics professor an apology.”
Here’s a link to the article:
Now, obviously no messenger is perfect, and even a true attack on the messenger does not invalidate the message if it is true, but I wonder whether anyone knows the story behind all this. A friend recently cited this very instance, and Hahn’s alleged failure to “repay” this anonymous benefactor, to imply that Hahn was nothing more than a selfish jerk. It would be nice to reply with any relevant facts, such as “he DID repay him,” or “the donor paid for Hahn’s scholarship anonymously,” or whatever the whole story is.