I've been lurking on this forum for a year; I first came here because I wondered if anyone else found Ian as pretentious and annoying as I do. It's nice to know I have compadres!
Here's the thing: Ian is an intelligent and well-read guy, and I appreciate that about him. But that DOESN'T MAKE HIM BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE. Ian goes weak in the knees for someone who had a doctorate or, better yet, a background in theology. He assumes we all will give such people's words more weight, and value their opinion more highly.
Actually, I share some of Ian's background. I studied theology in college (although I only minored in it), and for a while was very active in the Episcopal Church, serving as Lay Eucharistic Minister. And I can tell you that people in such fields get very comfortable with their academic-approved version of spirituality, which frequently uses buzzwords like "orthopraxis" and "panentheism". There is a definite tendency to feel that one trained in such fields may have a deeper understanding of faith, which is in no way true. It's pure elitism.
Last week, I heard Ian correct a listener on a fairly technical term, "It's septuagint, just so you know". Ok, Ian, you're right, but how insufferable can you be? Really, do you expect your audience to be amateur biblical scholars?
And what's with the shows about organized crime, or Jimmy the Greek? Who cares?