Someone named "ItsMe" asked PW if he was going to respond to my article. PW's reply is quite enlightening.
PW is upset that I refuted his attack on the reliability of the Gospel portrayals of Mary without enlisting any help from scholars. After telling someone who goes by the name "ItsMe" that he (PW) was not going to respond to my refutation since it is "silly fundamentalist claptrap," one of PW's supporters, who is audacious and pugnacious enough to call himself "Jesus," and whose level of hatred and vitriol for the true Jesus is equalled only by PW, wrote the following:
Apparently, since PW can’t lift ten-pound dumbbells without spotters, I am not supposed to do so either.
I pointed out that PW's proffered reasoning for Markan priority and the 2D/Oxford-Hypthesis (as over against the Griesbach-Hypothesis or the Independence view) was logically fallacious and unpersuasive. Paul rejected my appeal TO LOGIC as “silly fundamentalist claptrap.” With such an unwitting admission, this can only be considered a good day for fundamentalists.
PW said that Mark presents a negative view of Mary. This, PW told us, is in stark contrast to the positive picture of Mary found in Matthew and Luke. I cited the primary sources to show that PW was as wrong as wrong could be and that he was engaging in rank eisegesis. Paul rejected my appeal to THE PRIMARY SOURCES and sound EXEGESIS as “silly fundamentalist claptrap.” Once again, Christian fundamentalists should be dancing a jig.
Let me make clear what Paul is telling us here so even his irreverent friend Isa doesn't miss it. PW likes to use “fundamentalist” as a derisive term of embarrassment that applies to people who are intellectually impoverished so he can just dismiss the arguments we make rather than actually having to think through them. But, in effect, by calling my appeal to logic, the primary sources, and sound principles of exegesis “fundamentalist clap-trap” he has tacitly admitted that fundamentalists enjoy an embarrassment of riches. If being a fundamentalist means taking logic, facts, and principles of interpretation seriously, then all Christians should be happy to be part of this "eschatological house," and PW should be
embarrassed that he is left standing outside.
Are PW and Isa really not bothered by the fact that they can't read the Gospels or think for themselves without needing liberal masters (or any scholars for that matter) to hold their hands and tell them what to think? (I suppose that is not too far-fetched. After all, they consider themselves so dimwitted and devoid of the natural light that God gives to everyone, that they think they need special verbal revelation to tell them how to go to the bathroom.) Come on, fellas! Don’t be so pathetic. Take off the training wheels. Ditch the idols.
They have taken [scholars] and [scribes] as lords apart from God and the Messiah, Mary's son… (S. 9:31 – Roger’s Standard Version)