I've been an on and off member of the CARM discussion boards for over 10 years. CARM stands for "Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry." I signed on in the late 1990's to discuss aspects of Reformed theology. I think I was running on a 28.8 modem back then using a prehistoric windows program.
It was there I began engaging Roman Catholicism, I don't remember exactly why, but I do recall the first time a Roman Catholic quoted Luther to me, and I actually had the book in question, looked up the reference, and said... "Hey, wait a minute, that's not what was being said, in context."
I'm not sure why, but every so often the CARM management decides to delete all the forums, and start over with new software. In this age of techno-geekery, I can't believe there isn't a software that will update the discussion boards without going tabula rasa. This has always been my main gripe against CARM. I'm typically too lazy to go and save whatever I've posted, and I discovered that the archives already have an automatic delete set up.
So this morning I spent a few minutes trying to retrieve some of the posts before extermination. I've been busy elsewhere, and I hadn't visited CARM for a while. Here were a few parting chuckles I found:
"Swan and Keating. They are conjoined twins with only a theological membrane separating them. The debating tactics and modestly self-deprecating "victory speeches" of both are too cute to be taken seriously."
Ah, well, now that was mean! The sad part is I think the RC saying this confused me with another guy named James. I rarely give a vistory speech, because facts are facts. Here's the other great tidbit of Romanist kindness:
I understand how difficult this question is for you. After all, it is exactly this question which two weeks ago or so caused James Swan to “drop out” of this dialogue. He also was accused of not being willing to admit to his personal opinions about the NT Canon. Are you willing to “fess up”, and then face the subsequent pesky “follow-up” questions?
It was the follow-up questions that James was so terrified of and I understand why. Are you more bold than James? He at least understands that he cannot reveal his personal opinions on the matter and retain any credibility. He has thought out his position and does not want it to be scrutinized. Have you thought out yours several moves ahead as well?
I registered for the new CARM boards a month or so ago, but after 10- 15 years of watching everything get dumped every 2 or 3 years, I'm tempted to simply say goodbye.