Yesterday I got around to looking up an old book on the internet. Who remembers The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop? I read that years ago when I was at Baptist Bible College in the early nineties. That was also the time I read Jack Chick’s comics about Alberto, the pretended Jesuit infiltrator of Protestant churches who got a chance to study the secret Vatican archives to learn that the Roman Catholic Church was the focus of all evil in the entire history of the world, after it took the baton from the religions of ancient Egypt, Babylon and the ambitious folks at the Tower of Babel. All of the above is good reading for those who like looking for a demon behind every rock, because if you do read that stuff and believe it, that is what it will do to your brain. (The material at the links above will serve you better.) I even refused to have my son born in the local Roman Catholic hospital in Springfield, Missouri, even though I was told it was a superior hospital to the one in which my son was born, for the specific reason that there must be crucifixes hanging on the walls in that God-forsaken place.
But I digress.
One of the other books I read after this superstitious foundation was laid is called, Babylon Mystery Religion, by evangelist Ralph Woodrow. Woodrow did his best to document what he learned from the likes of Hislop and other biggote anti-Catholic fundamentalists. But what I learned yesterday while browsing the internet about this topic was that Woodrow was challenged on this issue, re-examined the documentation at the original source level, retracted his views, took his book out of print and wrote a new one which corrects the errors of this misadventure in anti-catholicism. It’s called The Babylon Connection? How refreshing it is to find someone who doesn’t stick to his guns no matter how wrong he is just because he’s got something in print from which he’s profiting.
It is right to differ with Roman Catholicism on many important theological, practical and ecclesiological grounds, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to be slandered. Last I checked, I heard there was a law against it.