In academic philosophy a howler is a technical term denoting some claim that strikes the audience in such a way that they simply balk and balk quite loudly at it. It is the academic version of “Awe, Come on!”
If you listen to the Lutheran radio show, Issues, Etc. January 27th on the Filioque with guest Rev. Peter Bender of the Concordia Catechetical Academy you will hear more howlers than one ought to hear in a thirty minute period of their life. It was quite amazing. If the Lutherans wish to have any meaningful apologetic against Orthodoxy, they need to do better than this…a lot better.