Misadventures in Anti-Catholicism

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.
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7 responses

  1. Christian West | Reply

    Talk about obscure books! When I finish the books you have previously recommended and read the ones I have purchased because they are vital to my work, then I will see if I can find a copy of these. Slow down a little, will ‘ya. I’m out of breath a little.

  2. John D. Chitty | Reply

    As if. . .

    Even if you were intending to diligently work through everything I’ve ever referred to anyone on this website, it’ll be here when you get to it, God willing.

    Relax, take a break, and get back to preparing that Christ-centered sermon!

  3. The only way I will ever be able to keep up with you reading those books John Chitty is to die and go to Heaven where there is a lot more time to read books between throwing my crown at His feet and picking it up and throwning my crown at His feet and picking it up and throwning my crown at His feet….!

    Rev 7:14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    Rev 7:15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
    Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
    Rev 7:17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

  4. John D. Chitty | Reply

    I don’t expect everyone to read every book to which I refer on this blog.

    I just wanted a few more people to hear, number one, that “The Two Babylons” is not a book they need to read, and demonstrate such by featuring a fellow who learned this the hard way, after having written a book which actively promoted Hislop’s misguided view of history. Part of the point of this blog is to encourage fundamentalists to rethink their positions on things in the hopes they will find their way to true reformation.

  5. John D. Chitty | Reply

    Or, if you must read every book to which I refer in this blog, just order them, and let them sit on a shelf until you get to them! 🙂

  6. funny John

    really really funny, really!

  7. […]  One thing that I appreciate most about the presentation in the video, is that it does a good job of demonstrating the flaws in Alexander Hislop’s claim that the word Easter comes from ancient Phoenician worship of Ishtar on phonetic grounds (“Easter sounds like Ishtar”). Another helpful expression of critical thinking skills is how Sayers points out early in his video that cultists are drawn to old wive’s tales like Hislop’s treatment of Easter in his widely read (among fundamentalists) book, The Two Babylons. […]

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