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October 21, 2007

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Mark

Thankyou Ron for a fascinating and very literate read, I really enjoyed it!

However your argument for promoting Erasmus as a sort of 'peace maker' in his time (and in the process essentially discrediting Farel) is, in this article, based on who happens to 'play nice' rather than any biblically based position or teaching on the part of either propoennet.

I wholeheartedly agree with you that there is no part for belligerence or violence when Christians disagree, However, whether a person plays nioe or not is really no measure of the truth of their particular message.

If a well known public Christian personality began to teach that Jesus had never actually existed, and that His message had value simply because the mythology contains good truths that we can apply to our lives; I would need to crtique this teaching and take a personal view of it, whether the speaker was 'conciliatory' or otherwise.

In other words, the content of the message is equalily important, and the speakers niceness becomes somewhat irrelevant when it comes to my decision to either accept or reject his message.

Your article essentially promotes Erasmus' view because he was nice...but none of his views are in any way described!

In short, your article is a gross oversimplification of some major and very serious doctrinal differences between the protestant reformers and their catholic counterparts. Issues such as the nature and role of Mary the mother of Jesus, and the infallibility of the pope, were and still are worth exploring.

Yes biblical truth does exist today, and yes, it is worth contending for! (in a concilatory way, of course!)

Ron keep up the good work, I love reading your stuff!

Mark C.

Jeremy

I know I'm coming in late, but this was a fascinating read. Thanks Ron!

Udo

And what did you do since you were with us in Huemoz that many years ago? Check out TheSchaefferFoundation web site.

Warm Greetings

Fr. Michael Gillis

Wow, thanks for the insight. I've got to read some Erasmus so that I can fairly evaluate him myself instead of relying on the party line I recieved. May God help us to love one another.

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