Just to be clear. Though I like Carl Trueman’s writings, I have never met him, and he is not my friend. Moreover, if we ever were to meet, I’m sure he wouldn’t like me. Nevertheless, you should read his latest article on Reformation21. It’s devastating and good. And there’s not a one of us who doesn’t need to hear it.
The article lambastes Christians who use the web to puff-up their own egos. Here’s an excerpt:
“There is another phenomenon on webpages that seems closely akin to these direct puffs of one’s own greatness; and that is greatness by proxy.Â Sufferers of this syndrome develop the uncontrollable habit of continually using the language of intimate friendship about everybody who is perceived to be anybody, thereby making themselves seem to be close to the movers and shakers of the theological world.Â In such conversations and on such blogs, contacts of only recent and superficial vintage are referenced familiarly as ‘Dave’ or `Geoff’ or `my mate, Kev.’Â With such people, every passing acquaintance is an intellectual intimate; and names casually picked up at lunch, by nightfall are intentionally dropped on personal blogsites, as every pushy arriviste and aspiring parvenu strains to project an image of inner-circle savvy to their needy blog followers.
“This is truly a land beyond satireâ€¦Â Â As I said, book blurbs are one thing; but here we have a world where we have not just eliminated the middle man by producing the phenomenon of the self-blurber; we have then taken it one stage further – we have eliminated the need for the very book whose existence was, traditionally, the necessary precondition of such a blurb.Â All that is left is the Onanistic self-aggrandisement of those who proclaim themselves `humble’ and `witty’ and `leading scholars.’Â Sheer virtual Onanism.Â No wonder their eyesight is so bad they seem blind to their problem.”
I would say that this essay is unusually good, but that’s not true. Trueman’s stuff is always good, and this is no exception. Read the rest here.
[HT: Justin Taylor]