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Credit and Discredit

April 6th, 2011 | 4 min read

By Kevin White

Something has been nagging at the back of my mind since the Bell-ruption that flared up a month ago. And no, it doesn’t really have much to do with Bell, his fans, or his opponents. Rather, it is about an old chestnut that always comes up: “It’s because of people like ____ that Christians have such a bad reputation.” Anything scandalous, wicked, hateful, tacky, cheesy, or merely inconvenient is prone to have that sentence thrown at it. It’s almost one of the Godwin’s Laws of contemporary Christian disputes. The longer any Christian dispute goes on, the odds of someone saying it approaches one. Even if only in an attempt to end that stupid thread already. (It might not even be that new, even if it has a special appeal right now. Constantine actually said something very similar about the first phase of the Arian controversy.)

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