Last week, I received an email from Gregg Frazer asking me to quit accusing him of lying and accusing me in turn of being guilty of libel. You can decide for yourself whether or not I have actually proven that he lied in his speech, but the main reason that I am sharing this is that my response to Gregg's email conveys some facts about Benjamin Franklin that historians often fail to consider. The quote which Gregg used to launch his criticism of the “key founders” is one that is frequently misunderstood, and I suspect that my response will prove to be beneficial to those studying the beliefs of our founders.
Over the years, I have had at least as many disagreements with other Christians as I have had with non-Christians, and it is disappointing to look back and see how often those disagreements have become disagreeable. I've been cursed, ridiculed, smeared and dismissed in far more Christian forums than in non-Christian forums. In fact, I was recently banned from two apologetics associations because my personal view of the Scriptural teaching on a particular issue was more conservative than they were willing to contemplate.
Bill Fortenberry is a Christian philosopher and historian in Birmingham, AL. Bill's work has been cited in several legal journals, and he has appeared as a guest on shows including The Dr. Gina Show, The Michael Hart Show, and Real Science Radio.
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