“The sophist, who is often a carrier of cleverness, is really an intellectual guerilla, a forlorn man without a country who draws delight and satisfaction from the process of verbal combat and encounter itself; he does not seek resolution, but disruption….The sophist has nothing to defend. He takes no real risks because he believes in nothing. Perhaps, in a strange and twisted way, he wants to create the condition of anomy that he experiences to cut other men away from the eternal things that anchor them. Cleverness in advocating bad causes often lies tauntingly just beyond the believer’s capacity for refutation….The sophist’s dialectics are an end in themselves, and the tactical flexibility of the faithlesss lies in their ability to shift the grounds of their argument because there is no theologcial ground to their argument…He seeks to have his sport, to work up a semantical sweat, grasping what pleasures he can from a life filled with forlornness….”–Neal A. Maxwell, A Time To Choose, pp.31-32.
“If you argue with a madman, it is extremely probable that you will get the worst of it; for in many ways his mind moves all the quicker for not being delayed by the things that will go with good judgement. He is not hampered by a sense of humour or by charity, or by the dumb certainties of experience.”–G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.