27 May 2005

Iuventus stultorum magister*

Yes, I know PyroManiac sounds more crude and crazy than those fancy Latin blognames that are currently so popular in the sacramentalist blogosphere.

Everything that rhymes with "og" has already been used, too. And no one—but no one—is more clever than Doug Wilson, anyway. So I quickly wrote off the idea of anything with the word blog in the title.

I was gonna call it "PurpleHaze," but the association with Rick Warren was simply too much for me.

I finally settled on PyroManiac, because I wanted a graphic header, and this one was simple.

Those with guilty consciences can relax. The blogname has nothing to do with burning heretics or flaming my critics. The verse under the graphic gives a clue about the name's real significance.

But don't expect this blog to be one of those where "common ground" and peaceful relations are sought with any and every theological perspective. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I'll be trying to do my little part to call down fire from heaven against evil ideological strongholds and mischievous doctrinal fads (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). I won't back away from getting militant when the topic calls for it. But my targets are ideas, not people. I might step on a few toes; nothing more violent than that against anyone's person, I promise.

Of course, the whole world has gone postmodern. And the church is clumsily trying to play "me-too." So don't be surprised when people act as if they are being tortured whenever an idea they love is even questioned. (I might occasionally even publish a verbal description of a bad idea in its underpants. Then, no doubt, we'll have an international incident on our hands.) Let the pomos shriek and complain. I've opened the comments for that very purpose.

Feel free to use the comments for positive feedback, too. I have only three rules:

  1. Don't expect me to reply to your comments. If I feel strongly, I might reply in a blog entry. If I have time to waste, I could even post a comment of my own every now and then. (No promises on that.) But don't look for me to mud-wrestle with critics in my own blog-comments.
  2. Say what you like about me; disagree as strongly as you like; beat me up or slap me around verbally with near-total impunity. But keep within the parameters of Christian civility. I'll automatically delete comments with profane or unwholesome words, including abbreviated or otherwise disguised ones.
  3. On-topic comments only. If you have other stuff to say to me, send me an e-mail.

I'll be trying to post at least 2-3 times a week, most weeks. Don't expect me to be one of those every-day bloggers. I have a real job on the side.

Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station.

PS: I just thought of two more rules:
  1. Don't feed the trolls.
  2. Break my rules three times and I'll automatically delete any further comments I see from you.

* "Youth is the teacher of fools."

08 May 2005

Coming Soon

“Does anyone else think that Phil ought to be forced at
gunpoint to enter the blogosphere?”
—Scott McClare at the Fighting Fundamentalist Forums.

Watch this space. PyroManiac will launch around June 1. Feel free to leave a comment while you're here. Tell me how you found this site.

And in the meantime, if you're looking for blogs to read, check out Triablogue. Steve Hays always writes stuff I wish I had said anyway.