Contrarianism For Its Own Sake

Reading (and being amused by) this Reformation21 blogpost by the curmudgeonly Dr. Carl Trueman gave me flashbacks of the polemical rhetoric of my one-time mentor, Dr. Peter S. Ruckman (with shades of Dennis Miller).

Nothing personal, Dr. Trueman! 😉

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2 responses

  1. Sometimes being a “contrarian” is the antithesis of “dullardness” and is highly noble.

    1. That is true…”sometimes.” Don’t get me wrong: I have a soft spot for contrarian “curmudgeons.” It’s what drew me to Ruckman back in the day, it’s what keeps me listening to James White, and it’s even a characteristic of my most faithful commenter as well 😉

      But one thing you gotta know about me is that when someone goes consistently negative, I go positive, and vice versa. That’s the contrarian in me. Trueman’s post on emoticons was hilarious. It is the logical leaps that both provide the humor and likewise paralleled the illogic of Ruckmanism, and other extremist -isms.

      Writing like Trueman’s does serve a purpose. We all need to look at ourselves in the mirror on a regular basis. Sometimes to laugh at ourselves, and at other times to be brought to repentance.

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