Monday, June 05, 2006
Catholic Apologist Art Sippo Takes The Time To Thank Me For My Luther Research
Catholic apologist Art Sippo took some time recently to thank me for my work on Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. Note the warmth and care in Art's words. Perhaps there really is value in dialog with Catholic apologists.
Mr. Sippo commented,
"Please spare us all your ridiculous propaganda, James. Nothing you can say changes who and what Luther was. The most damning thing of all is that he was excommunicated by the Catholic Church and is formally condemned as a heretic. He was so condemned for a good reason: Luther taught false doctrine and by the sheer force of his will tried to destroy the Christian religion and replace it with his own man-made counterfeit. But even more importantly, he was a morally disordered man suffering from serious personality disorders and may have been frankly mad.
There is nothing so amusing and disturbing than have someone like you in serious and deprecating tones defending such a mad dog as a "reformer" of Christianity! I am reminded of Chance the gardener from the movie Being There being lauded as deep thinker when in reality he was a uneducated simpleton whose mental simplicity was confused with intellectual depth. You confuse Luther's insane ravings with spiritual zeal and his self-serving defense of his psychological catharsis with the spread of the Gospel.
If you were not so absurd I could pity you. As it stands I find you ridiculous and most damnably wilfully self deceived."
You're welcome Art.
Next installment: A look at using Psychohistory to understand Luther.