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Some so-called “defenders” of the gospel, who appear in sheeps’ clothing and taketh the truth to be hard, can go a little overboard on the transparently rhetorical posturing.
What is the backtrack behind this post?
No backstory about this post. I just made myself laugh this morning. It is a commentary on the overuse of rhetorical devices that I thought was funny!
Clever. I admit I hate the phrase “so-called,” especially in polemical situations. When I read it, I get the sense that the author feels so strongly about whatever follows, that they are doing absolutely everything they can to distance themselves from whatever it is, like it is disgustingly abhorent. Then I usually think that the author is kind of a snobbish jerk (I’m not singling anyone out).
Am I the only one who feels this way?
I’d say its a weak attempt to veil contempt while calling someone a phoney. I think it’s more like namecalling, just petty and avoiding constructive dialogue. That said, I’ve even heard it from the General Conference pulpit, so nobody’s perfect.
When I saw the headline, I assumed it had something to do with this.
I assumed that it was this one.
“So-Called” gets over-used but I think there’s a place to embrace someone’s use of a label without actually agreeing the label is apt. I almost always use the phrase in such a case to introduce my using it.
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