April 12, 2007

Realism vs. Reality

During lunch I got caught up on some reading and I thought the column by Mark Shea in the April 1-7, 2007 National Catholic Register was just hilariously true!

Here's an excerpt:

Likewise, the apostles were Bible characters, not people. So when they say, “We saw the risen Christ!” modern folk are ready to believe anything from mass epilepsy to ball lightning as the more “realistic” explanation.

After all, say the media, the apostles were 2,000 years stupider than us. If they report they saw Lazarus raised from the dead, it’s because they (who lived in a world where death was frequent and often highly public) knew less about death than we, whose principal experience of death comes through watching “ER.”

They were too stupid to know a sick man when they saw him. So they buried Lazarus alive. Because, as all “realists” know, four nights in a freezing crypt without food or water is just what the desperately ill need to bounce back.


Read the rest here


Anonymous tvs said...

And don't forget that the whole idea of the Virgin Birth came about because people didn't know where babies come from, back in Olde Tymes.

April 12, 2007 8:16 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...


I love Mark Shea. I would love to actually meet him.


April 12, 2007 8:44 PM  
Blogger Histor the Wise said...

He rocks.

Who else could come up with the phrase "I affirm you in your okayness?" - the universal slogan of spiritual Americans.

April 13, 2007 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article!

April 13, 2007 9:48 PM  

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