Thursday, October 07, 2004
X-er Challenges Gothard to Debate
X-ATI Guy has challenged IBLP Founder and President Bill Gothard to a debate to hash out their considerable differences. The proposal is to conduct a "town hall" style debate, allowing the audience to ask questions.
Admitting his challenge took a considerable amount of pluck, X-er pointed out that Bill Gothard is a master debater whose powerful reasoning overwhelms most critics. "When you have Scripture on your side, as Bill does, you can't lose," said X-er, "so anyone who wants to go toe to toe with Bill had better be ready."
Gothard is rumored to have memorized the entire canon of Scripture in the KJV version, the Phillips translation, and in the original Hebrew and Greek.
Experts are calling this clash "a meeting of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker." As one expert put it, "Hardened experience meets youthful optimism."
Analysts say Gothard will rely on precise analogies and Scripture-based steps of action during the debate. He will emphasize his years of experience working with youth, compared to X-er's newcomer status. For example, in a recent press release, IBLP stated: "There are 2.6 million alumni of the Basic Seminar. How many readers does X-er have...a few thousand? Big deal." The release also pointed out that X-er is rarely consulted by heads of state on character issues.
X-er is expected to employ quick wit and biting humor to deflate Gothard's attacks. "I can hardly wait to see his approach," said one expert. X-er is expected to avoid sensitive topics such as scandals, the hush-hush effort, and staffer dissatisfaction, focusing instead on allegations of Gothard's inconsistency, legalism, and extra-Biblical teaching.