Response to Line of Fire 12
On the February 21 2013 Line of Fire radio show Dr. Brown shares his pain with the listening audience. He explains to his audience how the counter-missionary organization: Jews for Judaism, maintains a “no debate policy” – yet at the same time they challenge Dr. Brown to respond to the writings of “so and so”. Dr. Brown sees this as “hypocritical”. For years, he says, he has desired to “put the issues on the table” and it is Jews for Judaism who has refused. So on what basis do the rabbis from this same counter-missionary organization expect Dr. Brown to enter into a written debate?
Since I am that “so and so” that the rabbis from Jews for Judaism are challenging Dr. Brown to respond to I will take the liberty of saying a few words on the subject.
The “challenge” to debate originates with Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown often makes the point that rabbis are not willing to debate him, or to use his words; “to put the issues on the table”. Whether this is Dr. Brown’s intention or not, the impression many people walk away with is that the counter-missionary community is fearful of the truth. They refuse to debate because they do not want to put the issues on the table in a fair and open venue.
The “challenge” of Jews for Judaism to Dr. Brown is put forth to correct this erroneous conclusion that people may come to on the basis of Dr. Brown’s “challenge”.
The rabbis of Jews for Judaism would like nothing more than that the issues be put on the table. It is for this reason that I took the time and trouble to write a systematic response to every major point that Dr. Brown raises in his 5 volume series: “Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus”.
If Dr. Brown refuses to respond to my work that is his prerogative. But for him to go and say that the counter-missionaries refuse to put the issues on the table is misleading. We have put the issues on the table. Perhaps we do not want to respond in the format that Dr. Brown prefers – but the issues are already on the table for everyone to consider with seriousness and conscientiousness.
When Dr. Brown tells his audience that the counter-missionaries refuse to debate him in the forum of a public verbal debate it would only be fair if he would acknowledge that the counter-missionaries have taken the time and the effort to present a systematic response to every major argument that he has ever raised against Judaism.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal