Many thanks for all the supportive messages and advice. I have added a little to the “debate” but reckon that from this point on I’ve given up. Check the link again and see why.
Things have gone better than last time on the board there. The rosary was mentioned and catholic doctrines and practices insulted. I defended briefly the concept of “mother of God” and said that people really ought to learn from catholic sources what catholics believe and why, before insulting them. I don’t mind people disagreeing vehemently with me but really prefer them not to disagree solely out of ignorance, an ignorance they sometimes seem intent on keeping at all costs.
The response at that time looked impressive. One of the moderators posted something that referred frequently to the Catechism and seemed written by him. Trouble was, he’d copied it and pasted it from somewhere else. When I pointed this out (it is against the board rules the same person posted!), and answered parts of the response my posts were deleted and I was banned from the board until I contacted another moderator.
Compared to that experience, things have gone really well this time! But continuing would be pointless unless, yes, there is a blinding miracle. It will be interesting to see what response there is to my final post. And yes, frustration is here a little. Seems Dake is right - whatever anyone says. There’s a tract online about the Dake Bible. The tract makes a few mistakes I think but here’s the first paragraph, which I have quickly come to agree with:
Many years ago, I became leery of the Dake’s Bible, but never really understood why. The only thing I could identify was that those who became strong in their study of Dake also became arrogant and unteachable. If Dake said it, then it really did not matter what anybody else said or what the general difference was in other Scriptures. I basically quit using the Dake’s Bible about twenty years ago and simply put it on the shelf.
This is really my first real attempt at defence of Catholicism since being received into the church at Easter. I used to be anti-catholic and fear that I was, for a time, as blind and blinkered as these people. I remember the hate in my voice once when discussing the church with a catholic monk. This attempt has taught me a lot in a short space of time.
Maybe I should order Karl Keating’s book. I’ve got a couple of them on this machine which are good. Maybe the others should be ordered too. Still waiting for Boettner’s book to turn up cheap in a second-hand shop.
Now, if you have delicate ears, do not read this next paragraph. It contains a rude word. The bleeped word. What I said was that “many people will bitch about someone…”. Please forgive me for repeating the word here.
Blessings & Thanks
Read also on the Dake discussion board why Martin Luther King wasn’t a Christian. Read how Jesus, after meeting Mary in Jn20 ascended to his father - on planet heaven - and then descended again later that day. Hmmmm.