Friday, May 1, 2009

Religious Illiteracy

Today I sat near a group of college students and overheard an interesting conversation. They were commenting (with a bit of incredulity) how one of their friends wasn't getting "it" with his girlfriend because of religious reasons. One of them said that it was unexpected for him to show restraint in that area given how much alcohol he drank.

They then launched an ignorant discussion of Jesus Christ: "Well, didn't Jesus turn water into wine?" "Yes, he must have been drunk 24/7!" "And what about that Mary Magdalene?"

Um, what about her? The Da Vinci Code was fiction, gentlemen. And no one familiar with the New Testament would consider Jesus a carnal drunkard. Thank you for putting on display your lack of knowledge about Christianity. The next time someone inveighs against Christianity, I'll just remember how unlikely it is they actually know what they are talking about.

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