Canadian “comedian” Norm McDonald stirred up a hornet’s nest when he tweeted that he is religious and believes that most intelligent people read the Scriptures. Not surprising on either count. Norm, like most people, must realize that there has to be some supernatural force to explain his popularity, and he’s probably been reading the Bible himself—that’s where he must get his jokes.
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There’s a new Pope, another of God’s representatives on Earth, designated by the Hidden One through committee, as usual. A bunch of old white guys got together last week, channeled His wishes and named…an old white guy. I think God should have advertised the position, maybe on Craigslist. “Wanted: Rep to cover large territory. Self-starter with exceptional managerial and organizational skills. Must be good with numbers, confident, able to work autonomously. Also ability to handle life and death situations. Food and raiment provided, bright future assured. Salary negotiable, but lay not up your treasure on earth.”
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Camus said that Christianity was pessimistic as to men, but optimistic as to man, or words to that effect. Jesus lived among mortal men (and women) and saw that they were vain, fearful, timorous, greedy, mean-spirited, credulous—in short, unlovable. They spent their lives blundering and groping blindly, and then they died. But that was the point—they died. Another crop came along, and there was always the hope that this one would be better than the last. That was, and is, the meaning of Easter—the man dies, in order that men may live.