It is never ridicule, but a compliment, that knocks a philosopher off his feet. He is already positioned for every possible counter-attack, counter-argument, and retort...only to find a big bear hug coming his way.
These days when Christians bicker they exaggerate passion into a legalistic belief and prosperity into a lukewarm belief.
Rational argument can be conducted with some prospect of success only so long as the emotionality of a given situation does not exceed a critical degree.
The poorly sophisticated, since many of us are, as presumed to be, lacking in good arguments, we are then prone to being well-versed in insults.