This is difficult for me, but I must ask your forgiveness.
Regarding this statement I made in the Re:Protestant Forum? thread:
Of course, most of them will skeedaddle quick once their cherished notions are skewered, but the more rabid will stick it out.
I am afraid I offended you early on with that remark, which I deeply regret. It was incredibly stupid and arrogant of me. I will go back and edit it out.
Please forgive me.
Of course, I do not believe I am intellectually superior to any and all Protestants. That is not the case. It was simply a stupid remark.
A second point: you were right when you said I picked up the Barrett citation from an internet web site without actually examining Barrett's Encyclopedia for myself.
That was extremely sloppy scholarship on my part, and I should know better.
In pointing this out you have acted as a friend to me.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Proverbs 27:6).
You have saved me much embarrassment that I might have experienced were I to continue citing Barrett erroneously and in a less friendly venue.
It is true you have embarrassed me here; but here I am among my brothers, sisters, and friends.
They already know I am a jerk and love me anyway.
I have thought long and hard about this thread and the totality of it.
We disagree on many issues, and I have not changed my mind about them, nor am I likely to.
Yet I should never let my own anger produce a knee-jerk reaction that prevents the Lord from teaching me a good lesson.
Anyway, I hope you can forgive my arrogance and my sloppy scholarship. The latter was not the product of any intentional dishonesty, I assure you. It was the product of laziness, pure and simple.
May God guide you and bless you, and may He forgive me!