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to a somewhat world-weary interview
For those still interested in the issues raised in my book That All Shall Be Saved, and perhaps in the recent audaciously dogged attacks on the book waged by one James Dominic Rooney OP, I offer this link to an interview I had with David Artman on his podcast “Grace Saves All.” I was reluctant to engage the dapper little Dominican, but the host persuaded me with his surfeit of southern charm.
There is a touch of asperity in the interview, of which I am neither proud nor ashamed, but about which I shall wax apologetic in the most strictly technical sense: that is, I shall explain myself. For one thing, after three years or so of dealing with the same bad arguments from various quarters, I feel I may plead temperamental fatigue. I know Rooney—in fact, amusingly enough, it was an especially dreary lunchtime conversation with him and Michael McClymond in St Louis back in 2014 that first made me resolve to write the book that became TASBS—so I should say that I believe he is sincere enough. But the quality of his arguments are (to put it mildly) a bit on the sub-standard side; and it is clear he has not mastered the content of the claims my book advances in the slightest. All of which is pardonable, I suppose. But, in the course of this recent affray, his first, intermediate, and final strategy at every point has been to scream “heresy” (in, if my memory of his voice is accurate, a kind of adolescent adenoidal vibrato). This is a rhetorical tactic that is always a sign of a certain arrested intellectual and emotional development. And that, I confess, annoyed me. More perhaps than it should have done, but there you have it.
The recent cold weather has done my pulmonary inflammatory condition no favors, so my voice is a bit rough in this recording. To me, this seems to lend an attractive air of world-weariness to the interview that I had not intended, but that I now recognize as wholly appropriate.
Ad memoriam eorum per saecula a Dominicanis interfectorum.