Watching the vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan took about everything I had to last to the end. Biden's annoying, non-stop grin, smirky attitude, and disrespectful demeanor so consumed my attention that the actual content of what either candidate offered remains a complete blur to me now. Biden will undoubtedly go down in future text books on debate as a classic example of how not to effectively do it. Here's what a cross-section of pundits said: >>>
Note to Calvinists: let Joe Biden's nauseating performance illustrate how Calvinists many times come across to average Southern Baptists. While many criticisms have been leveled against Baptist Calvinists through the years (some true, some false), one charge, at least in some ways, outranks them all--Calvinists are arrogant, know-it-all, theological prigs who appear to think all others are intellectual buffoons.
What some people saw in Joe Biden is precisely what some see in far too many Calvinists today.1
1nor is this a new demeanor displayed among Calvinists. Consider, for example, Albert Barnes' words in 1849 concerning Calvinism naturally identifying with the sober, the educated, and the cultivated in the community while other minds of lessor potential will never embrace Calvinism, and compare Barnes with the obvious presumptions of this commenter