I don’t like drawing attention to myself but sometimes it’s necessary.
As (I think) the sole Protestant writer at the Orthosphere, I find myself in a bit of a tricky situation. On the one hand I don’t want to be unnecessarily provocative. On the other hand I blog mainly to teach important truths, especially to my son and other young people. And the most important type of truth is Christianity.
And teaching this truth often requires that I teach what is known as Protestant doctrine. (It’s actually biblical doctrine.) I’m not looking to pick a fight with Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. I’m just teaching. But sometimes non-Protestant commenters call my teaching heresy.
[By the way, it’s a small subset of the commenters who are sometimes abusive. The other Orthosphere writers are civil when they disagree.]
At other times I diagnose heresy, heterodoxy and general foolishness in (Protestant) Christendom. And then those (generally Catholic) hostile non-Protestant commenters tell me that my Protestant Christendom is heretical and foolish by definition, because it’s non-Catholic.
This happens again and again and again and again… It’s not going to go away, because I intend to continue teaching, but it’s always the same. Therefore we need a standard disclaimer for my non-sectarian Christian posts, that is, posts which do not directly argue against Catholic or Eastern Orthodox teaching:
Roebuck’s Standard Disclaimer for Non-Sectarian-Christian Posts
Yes, I know you non-Protestant Christians disagree with justification by faith alone and sola scriptura and all that. Yes, I know you Catholics believe your Church has the God-given authority to define and rule Christianity, and I’m allegedly a rebel and a heretic. Yes, I know you non-Protestant Christians believe that Protestantism originated with heresy and disobedience.
I’m aware of all that. So you don’t need to say it again.
Also, I deny your criticisms. That’s why I’m not Catholic or Eastern Orthodox. I have good reasons for my convictions. (I’d say “I’m right and you’re wrong!” but I’m trying to be as irenic as possible.) But this is not the place to fight over Protestantism. I’m not attacking you; I’m just explaining truths.
And I don’t post hostile comments when you articulate Catholic or Eastern Orthodox doctrine. Occasionally I express my disagreement, but I don’t call you a bunch of heretics. My (Protestant) convictions may indeed require me to regard you as, in some sense, heretics, but that sort of semi-abusive language is not to my liking. I just say what I believe, without getting personal.
Therefore, since the intent of this post is not to attack Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy, don’t attack me. Be civil. Disagree it you want, but if your language makes you sound like an enemy your comment will probably be blocked.