Sunday, February 08, 2015

Pretrib Rapture & Ed Hindson by Dave MacPherson

     Dr. Ed Hindson's 2010 article "What To Do If You're Left Behind" inspired the following.]

     What a wishy-washy ingrate Ed Hindson is! 
     He received most of his doctorates from (non-pretrib) schools like Westminster Theological Seminary. See his bio on Wikipedia.
     But Jerry Falwell's deep pockets at close-minded (pretrib) Liberty University bribed Hindson into becoming an alma mater backstabber as well as a slavish pretrib plagiarist. 
     I discovered years ago that "The Fundamentalist Phenomenon" (a book on fundamentalist history dated 1981 and edited by Jerry Falwell, Ed Dobson, and Ed Hindson) had quietly and monstrously pirated huge portions of Bob Jones University professor George Dollar's 1973 book "A History of Fundamentalism in America"!
     Google "Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal" (which is part of my book "The Rapture Plot") to see shocking evidence of all this with side-by-side quotes. In my book I quoted 96 lines in the Falwell production that were either carbon copies or almost carbon copies of corresponding lines in the Dollar work without giving Dollar proper attribution! Here's a sample of the plagiarism:
     On pp. 93-98 Dollar wrote: "Harry Emerson Fosdick...was born near Buffalo, New York, on May 24, 1878...he attended Colgate, where he...revolted against orthodox views....transferring to Union Seminary and Columbia University....One major influence on Fosdick at Union was the stress on the social application....He found the social gospel of Rauschenbusch...challenging....The National Broadcasting Company was so impressed by his stature that it gave him free time on Sundayafternoon for 'National Vespers'...."
     On p. 104 Falwell et al wrote: "Harry Emerson Fosdick...was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 24, 1878. He attended Colgate...where he revolted against...orthodox teachings.... transferred to Union Seminary and Columbia University. At Union he was influenced by the importance of a social consciousness.He was challenged by the influence of Rauschenbusch...the pioneer champion of the social gospel....His pulpit ministry was so impressive that the National Broadcast Company allowed him free time on Sunday afternoon for the broadcast of the 'National Vespers.' "
     On pp. 217-218 Dollar wrote: "Noel Smith...has been especially effective in uncovering unbiblical teachings among Southern Baptists. He has been equally sharp in his criticisms of communism, the National and World Councils of Churches, and Modernism....He has been openly against Billy Graham's evangelism...."
     On pp. 126-127 Falwell et al wrote: "Noel Smith...devoted his energies to such matters as error among Southern Baptists, dealing with communism, the National and World councils of churches, and modernism. Through the years he also dealt with the issues of Billy Graham's evangelism...."
     One member of Falwell's writing team - Ed Dobson - told me in a letter that he had apologized. But Hindson and Falwell never apologized for their part in the literary piracy!
     Some Google articles that Hindson wouldn't want anyone to read include "Famous Rapture Watchers," "Pretrib Rapture Diehards," "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy," "Margaret Macdonald's Rapture Chart," "Edward Irving is Unnerving," "Scholars Weigh My Research," "Pretrib Rapture Politics," "Pretrib Rapture Stealth" and (most shocking of all) "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty." (Many articles of mine are on various blogs managed by media figure Joe Ortiz.)
     Maybe Ed Hindson, the Dean of Liberty University's School of Religion, should change his name to Ed (Left Behind)son!
Dave MacPherson. What People are saying
What They Are Saying About ... THE RAPTURE PLOT!
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About the Author: Born 1932 of Scotch/English descent Dave MacPherson is a natural for British historical research. His calling was journalism. Receiving a BA in English in 1955 he spent 26 years as a newsman reporting and filming many notable events persons presidents and dignitaries.

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