No comment: Beliefnet offers an April Fool’s Day giggle

aprilfools_oprah.gifWe will not be observing April Fool’s Day here at GetReligion, in large part because the world already has plenty of religion news stories that verge on satire. Who needs to make this stuff up? Nevertheless, the people at Beliefnet plunged in there anyway, raising St. Oprah of the Mall of America to the status of Goddess and part of the newly formed Quadhead, which replaces the Trinity. Negotiators for the various faith groups involved also considered naming this innovation “the Quartet” or the “Quadrangel.”

So file this quickly under the “no comment needed” department, along with whatever spiritual growth Britney has managed to pull off (no, wait, bad choice of words) in the past 48 hours or so. As an Orthodox guy, I did like the following touch in the Beliefnet article:

Not all denominations fell into line. The Old Believers of the Russian Orthodox Church question whether Ms. Winfrey proceeds “by an eternal procession from the Father and the Son,” or proceeds simply from the Father. “We’re also concerned that the current structure leaves no room for the possible addition of Dr. Phil,” says Archimandrite Thomas Hopko.

Oh, and notice that the Beliefnet graphic shows Oprah as a saint. A brief little test here. If they wanted to stick her into the Godhead, they would have had to have added her into what famous icon? Sitting at what table? (No this has nothing to do with the Da Vinci Code.)

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Dev Thakur

    The Icon of the Holy Trinity by Andrei Rublev, where the three angels representing the Three Persons pay a visit to Abraham.

  • http://www.tmatt.net Tmatt

    And the WINNER IS: Dev….

    Take a bow. What are you doing at Penn State U?

  • Roger Wm. Bennett

    Should you have said “infamous” icon? The Rublev Holy Trinity is highly controversial for portraying the two persons of the Godhead who have not become incarnate.

  • http://www.tmatt.net Tmatt

    The Rublev depicts three created beings — angels. For centuries, the Church has seen this Old Testament event as a prefiguring (is that the right word?), as a “type” that shows what will later be grasped — the Trinity. But the icon shows what can be shown — the angels.


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