Put downs have been around since humans first invented language. It's the easy way out of really dealing with an opinion or argument. Inspire automatic disparagment of your oponent by attaching some supposed negative characteristic to that individual and their opinions.
You find it in just about anything that involves differences of opinion or doubt.
This blog was inspired by my reflections on II Peter 3:3-4: "..there shall come in the last days scoffers (oh, those awful scoffers)...saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (KJV). (That was written some time between the 1st and 4th century AD.)
Yep, they sure do, and a multitude of blowhards still fling that biblical retort at anyone who dares to question their prognostications and theological certainties. In between the time when whoever appropriated Peter's name and wrote those words and now, a whole lot more "fathers" have fallen asleep (face it, they're DEAD), and guess what?
The world goes on pretty much the same!
I know. We now have computers and cellphones, drive cars and fly airplanes, etc. But, the world as a whole is pretty much the same damn place it always was -- a very dangerous place in which to live.
Barach Obama gave a very good speach today, in my opinion. Soon, his opponents were out trying to belittle it and put him down. They didn't like what he had to say or the way he said it, and I'm supposed to be surprised and/or offended? Not hardly. I toasted his speach with the first bottle of champagne we had. One more left for tonight so we can ring in the New Year. Don't worry. I have no reason to drive, and if I get a little "sloshed," who cares? From what I read about Jesus turning ordinary water into terrific wine, he wouldn't (if that actually happened).