Their opponents the Mu'tazilis propagated their theology principally through Kalam and were joined in that by the Ash'aris, practically challenging their detractors to 'use the master's tools to destroy his house'; for no sooner were these scholars satisfied and confident that they had repudiated the dogmatic positions of Mu'tazilis, anthropomorphists
, and others, meeting the dialectic aim of Kalam, which is to preserve the faith and protect it against heresies, than they began to expose its shortcomings and frown upon it as a valid hermeneutic approach to knowing God--as if to acknowledge that the time had come to move on with the more important task of instructing believers to become acquainted with Divinity through the simple albeit correct 'Way of the Salaf', as they espoused it.
In Byron's vision Southey stands--and falls, into the Lake of the Lake Poets--as the quintessential example of anthropomorphists
who presume to judge and who, in doing so, disregard the Vision of Judgment's central and largely silent biblical subtext alluded to in stanza 101: "And thinkest thou this, O Man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
And all the sentimentalists and the anthropomorphists
got the chance to go potty once again.
Some people, Disney-bred anthropomorphists
, don't like this.
The problem is that in many cases tashbih does not mean, and should not be translated as, "anthropomorphism"; some of Islam's, we would say "crudest," anthropomorphists
have been as adamant against tashbih as the anti-anthropomorphists