As mentioned in Part 2, the real story behind the Robbins/Sungenis debate is what happened immediately after the exchange had ended. As we’ll see in a moment, purportedly “Protestant” men, and in virtual unison, began to assail Dr. Robbins while defending Roman Catholic Sungenis. The one thing I find amazing is how patiently Robbins stomached these ersatz-Reformed men, or better, “ersatz-men.” But, maybe I’m being a bit harsh? After all, with the exception of White, I don’t know if any of the other list participants even consider themselves Reformed. Regardless, the only thing that comes close to the dismal performance of those attacking Robbins is years ago when I saw Conservative columnist Cal Thomas tear the legs off of some smarmy Liberal. After the debate some of my Conservative friends were – amazingly – defending Cal’s socialist opponent! Cal’s arguments were strong, sound and persuasive and his refutation of this particular Liberal’s arguments were devastating. Yet, and in spite of Cal’s performance being more than any Conservative could hope for, some of my “Conservative” friends felt sorry for Cal’s opponent.
Admittedly, while combing through the material White sent me it was difficult to decipher who the players are in every instance, so if by chance I have erred in attributing a quotation to the wrong person my apologies in advance. However, seeing that all those who were opposing Dr. Robbins were speaking with essentially one voice, I guess it really doesn’t matter a whole lot. You might say what follows is Robbins contra mundum.