Frontier Former Editor

April 16, 2008

Since the Pope’s coming to town . . .

Filed under: semi humor — Tags: , , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 7:26 am

I suppose I should at least honor his presence with a little theology lesson for all of us sinners, agnostics, atheists, etc.

Being technically a Southern Baptist who managed never to set foot in a church on Sunday and who became an agnostic in the classical sense (ask any American these days the definition of the word ‘agnostic’ and get ready for long periods of amusement and bemusement) ,  I’m sometimes amazed at the intellectual discipline required of the Catholic clergy before remembering my views on mysticism and organized religion.

And while I have nothing against Baptists (why, some of my best friends are (fill in the blank)), the Southern Baptist Convention and clergy never fail to amaze me with the sort of logic that is anchored by ‘then a miracle occurs.’

It may be a gross oversimplication, but I truly feel that organized (and sometimes disorganized) religion tends to mysticize the trivial and trivialize what could truly be considered mystical. And, metaphorically speaking, heaven forbid that one should try to understand the mystical, trivial or not.

I only wish that I could have found a clip of “The Find the Pope in the Pizza Contest.”

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