Last week as a guest blogger for Justin Taylor I shared an excerpt from my upcoming book, a section on the hypocrisy of prideful Calvinists. I made the claim that the stereotype of the arrogant Calvinist is well-earned.
Some people did not like that I said this. Some thoughts:
1. I didn't say much in response to the complaints. And after a while, all the commenters objecting to my case began making my case for me. Other commenters made this observation as well.
2. Even though I specifically said in the excerpt that arrogance and pride are problems for all people, not just Calvinists, this point was plainly ignored as if I didn't say it.
3. Some people thought I was objecting to Calvinist polemic and the like, which I was not doing. (And nobody familiar with my blogging or other writing would think I objected to polemic. Just a couple of months ago, I contributed to another post on Justin's blog, a satirical "Letter from the Judaizers," chastising Paul for his meanness in Galatians, for instance.) For those who had the eyes to see, my point -- rather plainly stated -- was that Calvinists ought to be the least prideful because of our view of total depravity, that therefore Calvinistic pride is more incongruous, hypocritical.
4. It's weird that some Calvinists think rebukes are only for those people and never for ourselves. I think we ought to start with ourselves.
5. One guy wanted to criticize my understanding of The Wizard of Oz, missing the point of my reference to the object of the Tin Man by reading into it the entire weight of Baum's characterization, a neat little literary way of sifting out gnats to swallow camels, which of course shows how wrong I was to think some Calvinists are graceless. ;-)
6. After reading umpteen comments on one blog about how I'm likely a sensitive young whippernsapper who doesn't like "harsh tones," I began to suspect it's not me who's being hyper-sensitive.
7. If we want to commend our soteriology to others, we ought to learn the arts of both humility and self-deprecation.