Posted by Gretchen Passantino on December 12, 2003 at 13:35:45:
In Reply to: Montgomery posted by Erick Nelson on December 11, 2003 at 13:13:50:
Erick: I remember the conversation well. It was about the doctrine of the Trinity and an analogy Dr. Montgomery used. We differed (and probably still do) with how he explained the analogy and, therefore, how he applied the analogy to the trinity. Our dear "father in the Faith," Dr. Walter Martin, was there as well. After Dr. Montgomery told Bob, "You're too intense!" Dr. Martin responded, "So was the Apostle Paul." (For those of you not as quick-witted or prone to double entendres as the two Drs., think intense = in tents = Paul's secular occupation.) What a blessing to remember that encounter!
P.S. Congratulations on your new family addition! She's adorable!
: Every day I have read the comments posted on this site. It's amazing. I keep thinking about this one incident, and thought that Bob's friends might nod their heads.
: Around 1980, Bob and Gretchen attended a lecture by John Warwick Montgomery, in my view the greatest apologist in the world at that time. I wasn't there, but this is what I remember about it. There was something in Montgomery's writings that Bob just thought was wrong (I remember him wondering about a citation of Aristotle, but don't know if this was the issue). Anyway, Bob asked a question, and Montgomery responded. Apparently, Bob was NOT satisfied and persisted, and persisted. Finally Montgomery said "You're too Intense!" This is especially humorous because Montgomery was one of the most logically incisive, go-for-the-throat debaters I've ever heard of, and a genuinely intense person in his own right.
: But Bob's quest for the Truth made him fearless. He always wanted to get to the bottom of the issue and wouldn't be put off. Jesus said to knock and keep on knocking! That's how you get real answers.
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