I scan Dave Armstrong’s blog on a regular basis. Read it less regularly. Too much sometimes and too hard to track when he’s posting these virtural debates. But one trait I have noticed, especially from the more virulent anti-Catholics there and the fundies and evangelicals on the radio is a certain term.
The Clear/Plain Meaning of Scripture ™
How often have you heard someone argue a point of theology and refer to this? Usually it seems to be when referring to a passage that Catholics interpret in a, well… Catholic way.
Or they will refer to some specific doctrine that seems odd to Catholics or others and gloss over it by referring to the above phrase.
It’s kind of funny in a way. Can’t explain your position? Catholics refuted that one?
“It’s all right there in Plain Meaning of the Scriptures!”
Gotta love that one. Many times I have listened to the local “Christian” radio station after the Catholic one goes off the air. I like to keep abreast of what the others do ya know. Never know when you might be exposed to some thing useful. Sometimes it’s pretty mundane. Sometimes it’s pretty good, actually.
But sometimes one of these radio preachers will say something that makes no sense at all. Or will make some weird “prophecy” about current events leading to the End Times. Eagerly I await some explanation to be amused with and BAM!
The Clear/Plain Meaning of Scripture!
Most of the time you don’t even get any proof texts or passages to refer to.
Ah well. If you can’t back it up, I guess it’s best to gloss it over.
Anyone else notice this?