Carson Clark on Four Kinds of Intellectual Perverts


My virtual friend Carson Clark shared today with us on his blog about four types of people that upset him. As these are getting on my nerves too, I have decided to also share with you  what my friend says.

But before that, here is what I have written to him:

Carson, I absolutely have to share these four types on my blog. I am sure my readers could illustrate all four types among some of those who comment sometimes aggressively on my blog.

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  • The first is the guy who uses typos to flippantly dismiss someone’s belief, opinion, or perspective. For example, over the years I’ve met a number of these perfectionist goons who treat all dyslexics like morons because they commit the grave and sinister transgression of mistaking there, their, and they’re.
  • The second is the guy who automatically discredits anyone who possesses less social capital. This just in: Get over yourself. This is the asshole who offhandedly dismisses the opinion of anyone who doesn’t come from an upper-class background or doesn’t have a PhD.
  • The third is the guy who criticizes a writer for essentially not dealing with every conceivable point in his/her piece. This is the numbskull who, after reading a 15-page sociological essay on Martin Luther King’s organizational strategies in the South, rejects the thesis’ validity because the author “should’ve” also addressed Malcolm X’s own organizational contributions in the Midwest and Northeast.
  • The final type is the guy who categorically writes-off all assertions of general trends as being innately misleading and simplistic. Examples of this are the geniuses who cite a handful of excellent evangelical scholars to (supposedly) disprove Mark Noll’s view that evangelicalism’s valuing of populist activism, and ethos of zealous pragmatism, has resulted in a widespread anti-intellectual culture.

You may find HERE Carson’s blog post.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

2 thoughts on “Carson Clark on Four Kinds of Intellectual Perverts”

    1. I know, Carson. These things drive me nuts. I have corrected, eliminating the side notes. I don;t see a better way of including this kind of ‘sidenotes’.


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