Wisdom from Marilynne Robinson’s masterpiece, Gilead, through the voice of the Reverend John Ames:
Nine-tenths of the time when some smart aleck starts in on theological questions he’s only trying to put me in a false position, and I’m just too old to see the joke in it anymore. [p. 152]
Clearly there is a difference between smart aleck theological questions and genuine theological questions.
If you’re the one being asked, learn to spot the difference between the two and then respond with the necessary sarcasm or seriousness.
And if you are the smart aleck, quit it. (Especially if you are a blogger or a blog commenter.)