I get the vibe that many people here hold those who went before us in the tradition in contempt without even trying to understand them on their own terms in the first place. Often historical figures get used as foils to contrast one's "new insights" on Scripture and theology. If one's theological views are even to be taken seriously by others isn't it necessary to know the basics of theology and at least a little knowledge of the historical development of doctrine so you can actually say something accurate about the beliefs of others past or present? I know the mythmakers don't help things in many areas, but can't we rise above all of this? It's hard for me not to call this treatment of others the fruit of arrogance, but I don't know where else it would come from. Surely the perspicuity of Scripture does not divorce the individual today from the Church past or present and the communion of the saints. I'm not saying that one should drop Baptist distinctives, but this snootiness is not among them I hope. What do you think?