What Should One Think About a Movement that says …

1) There is no such movement;

2) The movement is not monolithic; and

3) No one in the movement believes what you just asserted about the movement.

My conclusion is that those in the movement are being pushed toward the light. There is a movement, albeit a rather amorphous one. It is not monolithic about every detail (what movement is?), but it certainly has some defining characteristics and some widely held ideas. And it must have some defining characteristics and some widely held ideas in order for one of its members to allege (3).

One thing I like about Frame’s book, “Escondido Theology,” is that it moves us from (1) and (2), to (3). The folks whom he has identified are free to say that he’s wrong about them personally (i.e. about their views) or about the movement in general (as Horton has already said), but if they will take the approach of actually clarifying their views, there is hope to determine whether the views that they are expressing are simply reasonable points on which people can disagree, or not.

I do understand that some of the responses have been visceral, but hopefully the result of the book will be positive – one of clarifying, whether that means proving Frame right or whether that means proving Frame wrong.

One thing is certain: Frame should not be tarred and feathered or hung out to dry simply for opposing the Escondido magisterium. Such opposition can helpful and even positive. Opposition can drive error out, or can help to sharpen orthodoxy. If the Escondido Theology is right, it should benefit from the spotlight – if it is wrong, we should all benefit from that spotlight.

Thus, even before getting to the substance of “The Escondido Theology,” Frame has done a world of good by publishing his book.

-TurretinFan

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