My theological viewpoints have frequently been mocked by other Bible-believing Christians. For example, being dispensational (of a sort), my viewpoint has been called unscholarly, mindless, etc., and those who hold my view as "sensationalist." I am a young earth creationist, and other evangelicals have accused people with my viewpoint as mindless and naive, and essentially believing the world is flat.
I, too, over the years have been guilty of mocking others, like KJV only people, or those who embrace infant sprinkling. I have come to see such mockery as sinful, and need to argue my case with respect toward those who differ, avoiding blanket statements. Yet it seems so natural for me to do so.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Mockery as a tool of persuasion, along with the straw man argument, is very frequently used in the evangelical/fundamental (and, it seems to me, especially new reformed) circles, although I do not think that MOST people in any of these groups do so.
We could make a distinction between using mockery within the household of faith vs. outside it. For example, Isaiah mocks idolatry in Isaiah 44:12-20. So we are talking about communication with the realms of a broad evangelical belief system.