From our “Don’t Patronize Me” File

A reader writes:

Greatest Exchange of All Time, from the Don’t Argue with My Mother File:

Person: Well, I guess the idea of the Resurrection must be comforting.

My Mother: Why would it be comforting if it weren’t true?

  • James H, London

    [speechless]… I can’t think of anything to add to that, can you?

  • Mike

    that gave me a chuckle…great point :).

  • Benjamin

    Why? It’s called doublethink. Religious folks engage in it all the time.

    • Mark Shea

      All humans do it to some degree. Including atheists who claim to fearlessly pursue the Facts wherever they lead. http://www.mark-shea.com/pad.html

    • http://pavelspoetry.com Pavel Chichikov

      But y0u are always objective and rational. And introspective?

    • Dale Price

      Waiter–can I get another troll? This one is cliched, predictable and stale.

  • Michelle

    Or, to re-apply Flannery O’Connor to another aspect of the faith, “If it’s just a symbol, I say the hell with it.”

  • http://pavelspoetry.com Pavel Chichikov

    Mark, a brilliant exposition contra-atheism at the link. I have bookmarked it and will use it.

  • Laura B.

    I think it worth noting that the person who said, “If we only ‘hope’ during this life that Christ rose from the dead,” (I’m paraphrasing here, folks), “then we are of all people to be most pitied.” And then he went on and was martyred–in other words, instead of just saying, “Yeah, heck, we made all this up, let me go now please, and I’ll tell everyone…” he said, “Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” If he was enough convinced, without having even eaten with or spoken to Jesus before His crucifixion, to be imprisoned and executed for Christ’s sake, that is notable. Not for the comforts of this life only; in fact, “a good Christian” is inviting discomfort. Just that thought makes use nice comfortable 21st century American’s uncomfortable–but we recognize why.


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