I am sorry that I offended you. Looking once again over the post, it does sound a bit polemical (and a bit out of character for me), although that was not my intention...I suppose my emotions were showing.
Oh, it's ok. I guess i just was being reactionary. I have been busy with work so haven't been on the boards much over the past few months, and I was shocked to see what happened last week.
Nevertheless my points stand. No, not all RC regarded themselves as Apologists, but it was an apologetics website,
true enough. There are some very good debaters there, and some that were probably there for cheap shots too.
and there was no shortage of them, whether they would call themselves by that title or not. There were indeed many RC apologists (or polemicists), coming in waves, ready to kick butt and taking names.
It is interesting that you say this. I have found that apologetics seems to be an outlet for something internal to males. It is as if apologetics is the battlefield, and they are out to conquer and defeat their foe. I saw a bit of this in myself a few years ago, I must say, and I didn't like it. Apologetics is fine, but it seems to be turned into a blood sport lately. I go to many discussion boards, and it's the same all the way around. It's probably just a result of so many people connected on the web.
But they were often unprepared for Orthodoxy...they were accustomed to debating Protestants.
I can see that because of my own background.
I think Roman Catholic apologetics benefitted considerably by the presence of the Orthodox there.
In general, I agree. I know I learned a lot from reading the posts of the many solid Orthodox posters there about what Orthodoxy believes.
BTW, Do you remember that discussion you and I had over the "Letter of Clement to James"?
Yes, I do, and I still have the PM to the administrators about it. I saw it yesterday, as I was deleting old PM's on my account. They never addressed it, nor did they respond back. How frustrating. Shouldn't we all be pursuing the truth even if it causes us to take a new perspective? I certainly think so.
If I regret anything about that post early in this thread, it is that I neglected to mention all the fine people I had the pleasure of dealing with on and off for years. Roman Catholic and Orthodox alike.
Oh, It's ok. I'm sorry I jumped on you yesterday. I was acting out of emotion. But it is a shame that so many are gone there now, because the board will suffer from the loss.