Best Compliment Ever

Today, a student said the following words to me:

You were a really great God.

I told the class that that is the best compliment I’ve ever received in my life.

Let me back up a bit and give the context. In my First Year Seminar Class “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” our most recent reading was Goethe’s Faust: Part One. I assigned the students to compose their own additional scene, whether inserted into the story or situated after the ending. One group only had three students in it, and so they asked if I would help out by reading the final monologue at the end of their skit, which happened to be the voice of God.

So that was the background to being told “You were a great God.” But, as sentences taken out of context go, this still remains the best compliment ever, and the best one I’ve ever received!

Let me conclude by saying that the students did a great job on the skits. They were all entertaining, and one group even included costumes!

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  • Bob O’Hara

    Out of context, the ‘were’ could be a bit worrying

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Actually, I did quip that the past tense disturbed me! :-)

  • Burzin M Wallace

    I’m interested in reading such a skit. 😀

  • s-p

    I was “Jesus” once in a play and it went to my head. It cost my my ministry for the last 40 years. Long story… beware.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nettybo Annette Helen

    Glad to see the assignment is still implemented! :)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Yes indeed! And from their “e-mails to a friend” (yes, still doing that too) it sounds like many thought this was the best assignment of the semester!

      • http://www.facebook.com/nettybo Annette Helen

        Yay! I had a lot of fun helping out!