Tuesday, April 29, 2014

while you're waiting...

consider the wit and humor of Eye of the Tiber.  A site/blog that makes the Internet worthwhile with spot-on humor about Catholicism's encounter with the modern world.  "Breaking Catholic News So You Don't Have To"...but often it makes more sense some of the actual news sources.  EOTT takes on papal canonizations, liturgical innovations, Pope Francis popularity, and the rights and roles of Catholics in the public square.  And you will laugh.

And when you're done there, don't stop but proceed straight to The Lutheran Satire on YouTube.  The St Patrick's bad analogies, Mormon missionaries, Westboro Church, and contemporary worship videos are particularly funny.   "That's Modalism, Patrick!"  H/T a former student now an evangelical pastor who sent me this criticism of Joel Osteen's theology.

It takes a sharp, orthodox theological mind and a good, subtle sense of humor to execute this sort of stuff and these accomplish it so effortlessly.  So so good.  On that note, G. K. Chesterton concluded Orthodoxy (1908): 

"Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian....There was something that [Jesus] hid from all men when He wnet up a mountain to pray.  There was something that He covered constantly by abrupt silence or impetuous isolation. There was some one thing that was too great to God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth."

Just before that, Chesterton: "by [Christianity's] creed joy becomes something gigantic and sadness something special and small."  Yep, that's pretty much it--and so we should laugh a little at our human pretensions.  We are not God and remembering that allows us to understand that whatever oppresses us isn't God, either.

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