Wednesday, January 03, 2007


'The Wittenburg Door'

Check out The Wittenburg Door, "The World's Pretty Much Only Religious Satire Magazine."

I cut my liberal Christian teeth on it years ago, thanks to a particularly open-minded youth minister at the church I grew up attending -- the kind of minister now regularly run off from Southern Baptist churches.

The current cover story starts:

When did the words "tree-hugger" become a pejorative? (Probably the same time the word "liberal" became equated with "demon.") Don't let someone else ruin perfectly good words because of their political agenda. Besides, by all accounts, Jesus was a tree-hugger ("Consider the lily ...".) We're finding ourselves more and more serious about the environment we're slowly poisoning. Let's do something about it. "This is my Father's world, And to my listening ears, All nature sings while 'round me rings, The music of the spheres." Selah.

Read the online version of The Wittenburg Door.

Read *about* The Wittenburg Door via Wikipedia.


You nailed this one.
As I typed that comment, I remembered the story (probably started by Catholics or Psychiatrists) that Martin Luther had his epiphany while taking a dump in the toilet. What a symbol that would make. Exactly how would one go about symbolizing that? Mr Hinkie of South Park comes to mind. An outhouse maybe?
I swear to God that I wrote the above before I googled it and found this:
Nice pun in yer first comment!

I learned only of the legend of the Holy Crapping in my Reformation class!
The potential comments on the subject are ripe.
It's sad that you've let a lost election turn you against your religion.
Huh? What lost election? You seen the news today? My party retook Congress. And what religion did I turn against? I've been a Christian for 34 years. And the day I let partisan politics affect the rudiments of my faith is the day I volunteer my services at Focus on the Family, where I'd fit right in.

Dang it. I took the bait. Stinky, rotten blood bait.

Back to the puns! Where's KEvron? He's a real punny guy.
Thanks for the link to The Wittenburg Door, will be on my reading list along with Sojourners.
A great 500 year old book to be reading, one that never loses its value is Erasmus of Rotterdam's "In Praise of Folly" - there's a great French translation out there (original in Latin with Greek quips) - can't tell you if the English translations are any good.
Also the 8 remaining letters of Peter Abelard and Heloise: go back eight hundred years to rediscover the 20th-21st centuries....
PS Lucian if anyone is interested in going even further back.
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