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Thursday, May 07, 2015

A faith of lack

There's an old ice breaker suggested for Christians who are talking with atheists: "Tell me about the god you don't believe in," with the expectation of being able to follow up with, "I don't believe in that god either."

It occurs to me that a similar -- well, it wouldn't really be an ice breaker, maybe more of a shove off a sand bar in a hopeful direction; I'll call it an invitation that could be made by Catholics who are talking with people who don't like the papacy. "Tell me about the pope you don't believe in." They might hear about a lot of popes they don't believe in either.

(Of course, if a Catholic asks Catholics to tell him about the pope they do believe in, he might also hear about a lot of popes he doesn't believe in either, but that's a different phenomenon.)