Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Mock of the Beast

So it's 06.06.06. Everybody real skeered?

Yeah. I didn't think so.

Anyway, in honor of this day and all the media hype thereof, I thought I'd share a funny eschatology story, courtesy of my pastor. (Whom I don't think will mind that I'm stealing it from his sermon Sunday.)

My pastor knows a couple, two gentleperson farmers, in northern Michigan; one of the spouses is a former nun. Back in her sisterly days, she went to a lecture given by J├╝rgen Moltmann, one of the greatest theologians of the last century, speaking on eschatology. As you might expect, the lecture hall was packed with serious Doctor of Divinity types; and as you might also expect, the lecture was extremely dry and academic.

At the end of the lecture Moltmann held a question time, and of course the audience peppered him with very scholarly queries loaded with polysyllabic theologyspeak. Then the nun -- a very tiny woman -- raised her hand. Moltmann asked her for her question.

"So -- what's the end of the world going to be like, anyway?"

The great Dr. Moltmann paused for a second.

"Vell, little lady," he answered, "it's going to be a zurrrrprise!"



SingingOwl said...

I took a blogger quiz "Which theologian are you" I think it was and Moltmann was the selection.

Anyhow, too funny. Hooray for the sensible little nun and for the answer.

Absolutely true, eh?

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