Carl Trueman on Monkeys, Fools, and Web Morality

Historical theologian Carl Trueman has a great post up on Reformation21 entitled, hilariously, “Fools Rush In Where Monkeys Fear to Tread” on the way in which Christians puff themselves up on the web and transgress traditional codes of humility and morality. (HT: Naselli) The whole thing is worth reading; here’s a snatch:

Now, it is one thing to have others write commendations of you for a book cover or conference brochure – perhaps necessary evils in the cut-throat world of publishing and conferences; and nobody should believe them, least of all the objects of such patent flannel; but to say it about yourself implies that you might actually believe the propaganda, that maybe you yourself are just a wee bit arrogant and smug. And, remember, this chap wasn’t even Reformed.  I shudder to think how much worse he might be if he endorsed the Westminster Standards or the Three Forms of Unity. One can only assume that the kind of man who describes himself on his own website as “witty” is likely to be the same kind of man who laughs at his own jokes and, quite probably, claps himself at the end of his own speeches – behaviour that was previously the exclusive preserve of politicians, Hollywood stars, and chimpanzees.

Read it all.

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