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>Regarding Theological Pit Bulls

>I found an old post out in the blogosphere today called “Theological Pit Bulls” by Pastor Paul T. McCain on his blog Cyberbrethren: A Lutheran Blog. I am not familiar with Pastor McCain or his blog but I found this post of his when this picture came up in an image search: A very mean looking pit bull
CRMafia’s mascot Grace looks very reserved compared to this crazy looking dog! I’m glad I found this post because the pastor fittingly expresses what has come to disgust many readers who are familiar with Calvinist/Reformed blogs:

“They have an odd way of talking theology. If you make a comment criticizing Calvinism, or Lutheranism, or anything that they hold dear, they will immediately pounce on you and attack you personally. You will be accused of being illogical, or illiterate, or incoherent, or obtuse, and so forth. If you do not meet their every post with an equal deluge of words, they seem to take it as a personal insult and then take great delight in tearing and devouring their adversaries, as they describe you. Such theological pit bulls are truly a blight on the Christian Internet experience. Perhaps their greatest danger is that they like nothing more than to drag you down to their own level of rude discourse…”

“They seem to have centered their faith around rude arguments and demeaning anyone who dares utter a word of criticism. They like to justify this behavior by appealing to ‘apologetics.’ But, in the end, they are really no more than pit bulls, mindlessly attacking.”

I could not agree more. I once enjoyed these sort of blogs and tried to emulate them on another blog of mine at one time but I have come to see that they are indeed “a blight on the Christian Internet experience.” I’ve been astonished at the ways that comments of mine and others have been twisted, misrepresented, and mocked at blogs like this. Some seem to operate under the assumption that there is no way that they could possibly be wrong about anything they’ve said. Don’t like the mockery? Suck it up, whiner! Point out where they’ve crossed the line? Look at the pot calling the kettle black! I read one of these blogs recently where they were taunting a favorite punching bag of theirs (in the comments section of a post that just got done mocking them) over the fact that none of the them had come to their blog to meaningfully interact with their more “substantive” posts against them and their beliefs. Apparently they believe that the people they continually mock and misrepresent should actually continue to be regular readers of their blog!

So why do we have a pit bull as our mascot? The same reason we named her “Grace,” I suppose: irony. CRMafia is conservative and Reformed (mostly) and we are committed to posting in a way that overcomes the stereotype portrayed in the quote above. There is no doubt that some of our comrades have interacted with others in such a way as to earn the reputation of “pit bulls” and “mafia.” I have acted this way myself in the past.

Admittedly, stereotypes like these are used against conservatives unfairly at times. Our use of pitbulls, mafia, and the Tombstone posse motif is tongue-in-cheek. We want to overcome the “delight[ing] in tearing and devouring their adversaries” pitbull stereotype that our doctrinal brethren are sometimes known for but also have fun with it knowing that the stereotype will probably be applied to us regardless.

Not a particularly profound post, I admit, but I wanted to acknowledge Pastor McCain’s post since it so accurately describes what this blog is intended to not be about despite some of the imagery we enjoy using.


8 thoughts on “>Regarding Theological Pit Bulls

  1. >”Pastor McCain posts regularly on World Mags blog-site.”I didn’t know that. Very cool.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | August 14, 2007, 9:44 pm
  2. >Pastor McCain posts regularly on World Mags blog-site. I used to visit it regularly up to about a year or so ago.

    Posted by ChiefsSuperfan | August 14, 2007, 7:32 pm
  3. >Man, that is a freaky looking dog.

    Posted by JP Manzi | August 11, 2007, 1:52 pm
  4. >”Hey how about going all the way and call this Pharisaic Reformed Mafia? Now that will cover all the stereotypes :).”Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as well. 🙂

    Posted by Jeff Wright | August 11, 2007, 3:11 am
  5. >I like irony! Fundies have NO sense of irony. At ALL. They never get jokes either because of their crippled irony muscles (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0F0wK16OvI for a perfect example of a joke completely missed by some Fundies I know. It ended up being a sermon illustration after my husband forwarding them the link!). Anyway, I think irony kind of mixes it up. It keeps us from being too hopelessly ourselves.Of course, my first post on a MAFIA blog is about nursing. . . . Now, THAT’s irony! 😉

    Posted by QueenKnitter | August 11, 2007, 1:14 am
  6. >In fact, it might even be a good idea to include this post on the “Who We Are” link if that is possible…

    Posted by Dwight | August 11, 2007, 12:17 am
  7. >Thanks for posting this Jeff, as well as for reiterating what this blog is about. I think that all of the contributors have a handle on it, but those who visit may not readily recognize the sea irony that we’re swimming in here. It’s good to state it every once and a while for those too lazy to read the “CRMAFIA: Who We Are” link…

    Posted by Dwight | August 11, 2007, 12:15 am
  8. >Pot Kettle!!!Oh, you got that covered already.Hey how about going all the way and call this Pharisaic Reformed Mafia? Now that will cover all the stereotypes :).

    Posted by David Cho | August 10, 2007, 11:07 pm

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