I think this is the best place for this question. I bring this up because it is beginning to get on my nerves.
In the past few months, I have heard something similar to the following comment written many times by many different people on these forums:
"I read the real TOB from JP2, not West's bastardized version", or "West went off the rails when he started comparing JP2 and Hefner on Nightline".
Now, I have six issues with these statements:
West was no different in his presentations before Nightline than he was after. Dr. Schinder's critique says as much. Yet people's attitudes have changed drastically (including people who have in the past listened to or read a lot of West).
Most of the people complaining about him now and saying the above things were the same people who were talking about how great his teachings were as little as a year ago (before the Nightline segment).
Are all the people who say they read the "real TOB" actually reading the real TOB cover to cover, or are they still using secondary sources - albeit sources from people other than Christopher West? I am willing to bet many of these who claim to be going for "the real TOB" are still reading very little of the original.
Why, after the Nightline controversy, do so many Catholics now absolutely refuse to have anything to do with West, ie. no more listening to his CDs or reading his books? Is this not a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater? Some of what he writes and says is good and can help us understand - at least, he has helped a lot of people here a year or more ago that no longer want anything to do with him.
Why can people on these forums no longer bring up TOB without also cautioning about and disassociating from Christopher West? Can we not talk about TOB without dissing Christopher West and issuing the amber light in the process?
It is almost as though when people like Alice Von Hildebrand began to chime in on the issue, people got a bad taste in their mouths, and decided that they too disliked West without really knowing why. So I must ask: do most people even know why they do not like Christopher West's presentation, and can they **give examples**? I bet many cannot, or have to think hard about it or do an internet search on what Schindler said before they can answer.