Sunday, September 18, 2005


The Shrine of the Holy Whapping has an amusing post commenting on the well-known phenomenon of "Have umbrella, it will not rain, do not have umbrella, will pour." Even if one ("One" ;) person in a group has an umbrella, it will not rain. How would the various denominations react to this?

Calvin would say that it is simply enough to believe that the One is carrying the umbrella.

Luther would largely agree, yet he would insist on being constantly reassured that the One is really, in fact, carrying the umbrella.

Catholics, on the other hand, would each carry their own paper cocktail umbrella, fully realizing that the paper party umbrellas would never protect them from actual rain, yet convinced that they are to imitate the One carrying the umbrella, and suspecting that, on some level, all of them carrying their small umbrellas together adds to the infinite dryness already won by the One.

Orthodox Christians believe the same thing as Catholics, except with fancier Greek words. And they don’t replace the little paper umbrellas when the paper tears off; they keep using the same ones anyway.
"Orthodox Christians" refers to the Eastern Orthodox (Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthdoox, etc) in case you didn't know. Read the rest of the post to find out about the evangelicals and the liberal Protestants ;)


  1. I'm leaving for Portsmouth next weekend. :( Try to stop over soemtime this week if you can! It's River's Edge, behind River Park. The bus system runs out here.

  2. This is true... This is absolutely true...

    ...Which must mean it rains so much here because I don't own an umbrella! ;) ;)

  3. Or like yesterday... When I took and umbrella and it DIDN'T rain...