Obscurantist and anti-scholarship. The above is a typical example. At a time when academics like Bart Ehrman are culling Christians away from the flock, and when so much unsound information is being presented via innumerable media outlets, deriding scholarship and calling for a return to "simplicity" is akin to suggesting, at a time an enemy attacks America with hydrogen bombs, we ought to return to using flintlocks. Dingess' anti-scholarship attitude is the last thing needed now.
Secondly, I often decry the lack of critical thinking that goes on in the church. I deplore the manner in which the Western Church has absorbed the culture around her. I have criticized the seeker-sensitve and emergent movements for their lack of concentration on discipleship. I have repeatedly criticized the church for her refusal to properly execute church disciple when appropriate. What I have worried about where Mr. Holding is concerned is the lack of discernment within evangelicalism concerning the wholesale adoption of certain critical methods that potentially result in a downgrading view of the authority of Scripture. Mr. Holding himself applauds the work of the context group in the area of social-science criticism. Oddly enough, leading members of that group are documented to oppose Holding's own methods and outright deny the divine nature of Scripture and have classified the doctrine of inerrancy as a modern, man-made invention. They attribute the success of Christianity to sociological factors within the Greco-Roman culture rather than to the supernatural work of God to bring forth His church according to His divine plan. I have made this point in previous exchanges with Holding and he has yet to respond with an intelligent argument. He just calls me a bully.
Authoritarianism and bullying. When confounded by arguments he is not able to answer, Dingess resorts to harsh language and treating others with subservience (eg, telling them to "Hold your tongue") or, if that fails, "tattling" to others he believes to be authority figures in order to get those he is enaging to change their minds, based on pressure and authority alone. In so doing, it should be added, Dingess also expresses his hypocrisy, for he is guilty of the very same behavior for which he "tattles" to others.
Misogyist and bigoted. Worst of all, Dingess holds to an extremely aberrant view of women, one which degrades and insults half of humanity for no other reason than what they are. It is impossible to deny, in this light, that Dingess has earned every public reproach placed upon him by this ministry.
I will not respond to future attacks from Tekton Apologetics. I do not have the time and it is a waste of energy to do so. It is my view that one response will suffice. Once we understand the manner in which Holding contorts the views of others and then attacks them personally rather than interacting with the actual propositions that people make, you will know that you simply cannot trust him to be fair in how he analyzes the views of other people.
This is a significant issue for Tekton Apologetics. Holding makes a living responding to supposed threats against the Christian worldview. If he cannot be trusted to accurately represent the views of those he considers a legitimate threat, it places his work in serious question, not to mention, his usefulness in the field of apologetics. Take this final comment about me for example:
In conclusion: Based on the above, Dingess has qualified himself as a dangerous false teacher upon whom the use of strong language is warranted. He deserves shame and scorn for his inconsistency, his behavior, and his misogynist viewpoints.
I am a member in the PCA church. I hold to the WCF. I have the highest view of Scripture. Concerning apologetics, I am a presuppositionalist. No conservative evangelical reading my blog would conclude I am a dangerous false teacher who deserves shame and scorn. Everyone who knows me will attest that my theological positions are soundly orthodox. There are a number of excellent apologetic ministries and resources on the Internet.
Disclosure: I am unaware of the actual author of this article. It is posted at Tekton and therefore I can only assume it is Holding. It may be someone writing in Holding's place. Nevertheless, if Holding did not write it personally, he approved of it and placed it on his site.