Is it appropriate for Christians to insult non-believers or heretics because Jesus insulted the pharisees or because the church fathers insulted the heretics of their time? Are we wrong nowadays to be respectful in our dialogues with people of other views, even those claiming to be Christian who we believe represent a false view? I always felt it was a sign of Christian charity that those in the Christian spectrum were more capable of holding civil discourses than secular humanists, who are often arrogant, carnal and cold. I wonder because I had been insulted for my errors by other professing Christians and I sometimes question whether it was appropriate or just done out of pride and cruelty. I've always believed a compassionate response and interaction produces the best fruit. Christians from what I understand are supposed to be slow to anger, even when the faith is being attacked. But I saw an Orthodox blog making some really nasty remarks to a Roman Catholic writer that seemed carnal, but he used the church fathers to justify this behavior. Likewise, I've seen the same hostility from Romans towards Lutherans, and other denominations. Protestants also to others, of course.