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4.0 out of 5 stars James Dobson--Holier than some, but not all!, April 19, 2001
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This review is from: James Dobson's War on America (Hardcover)
Gil Alexander Moegerle's critical treatise on the personality, work, and ethics of Christian Right pop psychologist James Dobson reveals aspects of this popular evangelical leader that should long ago have been exposed to public scrutiny. Perhaps the most telling revelation of all is Moegerle's disclosure that Dobson subscribes to a doctrine--still popular in some evangelical circles--known as "entire sanctification" or the "second work of grace." This concept holods that a person saved by grace can mature to the point where he/she loses all will to sin, and thus can not fall prey to the temptations that less sanctified believers struggle with. If Moegerle's report is correct, then it is understandable how Dobson can be described as Moegerle describes him--an arrogant know-it-all who demands absolute loyalty and agreement by subordinates and attacks dissenters viciously. After reading Moegerle's book, I wrote to Dobson, asking if it was true that he held to the "entire sanctification" doctrine. I closed my letter by stating that if he sent no reply, I would assume that he did indeed embrace this concept of personal perfection. It has been two years and I have received no response.
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Initial post: Aug 6, 2011 5:43:10 PM PDT
The fact that you didn't get a response to a letter you sent him doesn't mean you can make an assumption based on his failure to respond. You have no way of knowing why he didn't respond. If a person gets hundred or thousands of emails or letters in a week, it would be conceivable that they would fail to respond to all of them. That in itself would have no bearing on his character. He is, after all, a human and not God, and not able to answer everyone who would try to contact him. Also, with regard to refering to Dr. Dobson as arrogant and a know-it-all on the assumption that he must be like that since he ascribes to a certain belief seems unfair to me. Since the Bible tells us to "be perfect even as I am perfect" then how can you say that Dr. Dobson is wrong in this belief about the work of grace?
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