This is more evidence that we are all wannabes here.
Lee Randolph has been defending his deconstruction of Christianity over at DC some more, and in one of his comments, after laying out his arguments, curiously remarked that not only was Christianity "busted" but that I was "busted" as well.
J.L. Hinman at CADRE also wants to let everyone know how one of his commenters is not very well read. I sensed a little bit of defensiveness in all of this post.
And on this very blog I've been called "stupid" and "idiot" and "fool" already. It seems like its from both sides. (also, I'm not sure what to make of those who also called me "son")
But I think that the biblio-blogsphere is littered with "idiot-sniffers" who feel compelled to let someone know when they are an idiot with a harsh post. I don't think it is very helpful, even to call an idiot and idiot, but it sure is fun. I've seen bad arguments litter the internet, and even more false information on both sides. But there is a difference between recognizing a bad argument and calling someone stupid.
So here's my theory: none of this is about truth-seeking, it's all about ego massaging. That's the only way I can make sense of Lee's and J.L.'s posts. Neither side is really trying to help the other, it's all about proving who is smarter. Along the way we might run into some good arguments on either side, but pretty soon everything breaks down. Holding is the best example of this by far.
So here's my solution: we stop taking ourselves so seriously. No one is going to solve world problems on our blogs. We're doing this as a pasttime, and when it becomes too personal or heated, we need to remember that we're just typing. Let's leave the real problems to the experts ;-)