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Friday, January 19, 2007

Brilliant Nastiness

It's a common trait, one to which I freely admit, to read only those opinions with which one agrees. For me the reasons are twofold. 1) Laziness: Being challenged is such a nuisance and 2) Strategic: Reading those with whom you agree may turn up an argument you haven't thought of before, one you may then filch and present as your own.

Be that as it may, I should like to introduce to you one Brother Causticus, whose website titusoneten (get it?) takes on the morass facing our church with the refreshing approach that the behavior of both sides is, at times (perhaps many times), deplorable and requires calling out. This he does admirably and with a satiric gift that may be the equal of the late Mr. Evelyn Waugh. Read him, you're bound to be offended and laugh out loud at the same time.

Full disclosure: Brother Causticus, I just learned, is an aficionado of the glorious late string quartets of Beethoven so it is impossible for me to judge him fairly anymore.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like your reasoning on not reading opposing viewpoints. Oscar Wilde was of the same philosophy. He put it: "Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing."