Last night, I ran across this piece of insight from Serge, a western rite Orthodox guy.

Stay away from online Orthodoxy, from Orthodox message boards to ‘Barsanuphius Jones’ convert-testimony rah-rah blogs where ‘Are you saved?’ becomes ‘Are you Orthodox?’ (Blah blah, an icon, blah blah, church-father quotation, blah blah, ecumenists, blah blah, graceless heretics, blah blah, see how un-Roman I am, blah blah, I’m fasting. In this game ‘ecumenists’ are Orthodox they don’t think are good enough and ‘graceless heretics’ other Christians.) […] Also, as Charley has said, a lot of these people are ‘serial Cyprianists’ converting from one true church to stricter one true church until they go completely barking and/or burn out and lose their faith. In nearly 15 years online I’ve been attacked by several such; they seem to change parishes and denominations as often as I buy shoes whilst I’ve stayed put.

Ironically, I found this through a message board, but he has a point. For some reason, the internet seems to attract attack dogs for whatever tradition you’re looking for, whether they be Catholic, Southern Baptist or Pentecostal. Theoblogs can, for some reason, be quite nasty.

Watch, with minor editing I can take Serge’s characterization of Orthodox rah-rah blogs and make it about someone else:

Stay away from online Calvinism, from Reformed message boards to convert-testimony rah-rah blogs where ‘Are you saved?’ becomes ‘Are you Reformed?’ (Blah blah, John Piper, blah blah, Spurgeon quotation, blah blah, Federal Visionists, blah blah, semi-Pelagian Arminians, blah blah, see how un-Roman I am, blah blah, I only sing Psalms.)

Wait, wait, here’s another one:

Stay away from online Catholicism, from Catholic message boards to convert-testimony rah-rah blogs where ‘Are you saved?’ becomes ‘Are you Catholic?’ (Blah blah, Mary, blah blah, Peter Kreeft quotation, blah blah, Protestants, blah blah, Novus Ordo, blah blah, see how super-Roman I am, blah blah, I attend an SSPX chapel.)

Ok, only one more:

Stay away from online Emergent-ism, from Emergent message boards to disenfranchised Evangelical-testimony rah-rah blogs where ‘Are you saved?’ becomes ‘Are you Conversant?’ (Blah blah, narrative theology, blah blah, church-father quotation taken out of context, blah blah, people who hold to traditional moral theology, blah blah, Republicans, blah blah, see how un-Roman, Protestant, Evangelical or Orthodox I am, blah blah, I voted Obama.)

Enough of this. I’m going to bed.

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