On Polemical Contretemps
It has come to my attention that a number of people are using this blog to fuel there own sense of emotional and doctrinal superiority. I have no problem with it, as long as it is backed up by rational theological arguments. Look, I know I am confused and messed up, I don't need any of you to tell me about it. Maybe I should give up on blogging until I find all of the answers, then I can share them all with you. Maybe I should stop airing out my dirty laundry here....
The whole point of this blog, however, is the opposite. If you think you have the answer, boast in it and feel you can rhetorically pummel me for refusing to see it, maybe you should think again.
In antiquity, there were only two types of intellectuals: the sages and everyone else. The sage was always in the state of intellectual and emotional bliss. He was married to wisdom and had become one flesh with her. But these were very rare and extraordinary people. The rest, including those called "philosophers" or lovers of wisdom, had to settle for seeking her wherever they could find her, but never quite catching her. Even the great Socrates considered himself the latter; he indeed knew that he knew nothing, while everyone else thought the contrary. For him, however, at least it was a start.
I spend a lot of time on many of these posts, especially the more theological and philosophical ones. I am sometimes disappointed that there is not more input on them. If you want to say, "Arturo, you are off your rocker because St. Basil the Great said....." you will get my attention and I will think about it. If you say, "Arturo, you are a disturbed young man who is going to burn in hell," all you are going to get me to do is pray for you and have pity on you that that is the best you can do to move your suffering brother toward the truth.
So if you are coming on this blog to vent, you are wasting your time. Indeed, this blog has become an occasion of sin for you and you would do better to visit the nastiest porn site instead of this humble attempt to search for truth and beauty in Christ.
For those who I have offended, I am sorry. Please pray for me.