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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 17, 2007

But this is an illusion. Life is a never-ending tsunami of "if onlys" for those who opt to not step up to the plate of life in the Spirit at the one time it matters.

Dropping back in the pocket of pastoral theology to attempt the screen play of scriptural exegesis, our hero fakes to the fullback of phenomenology before getting sacked by the safety of malapropism.

Wait. I think there's an injury on the field.


For historians of the mangled metaphor, hardball spirituality may call to mind a classic from 1957: Oliver Jensen's parody of the Gettysburg Address in the manner of General Eisenhower. Here's the fourth quarter thereof:

It was those individuals themselves, including the enlisted men, very brave individuals, who have given this religious character to the area. The way I see it, the rest of the world will not remember any statements issued here but it will never forget how these men put their shoulders to the wheel and carried this idea down the fairway.

Now frankly, our job, the living individuals' job here, is to pick up the burden and sink the putt they made these big efforts here for. It is our job to get on with the assignment -- and from these deceased fine individuals to take extra inspiration, you could call it, for the same theories about the set-up for which they made such a big contribution. We have to make up our minds right here and now, as I see it, that they didn't put out all that blood, perspiration and -- well -- that they didn't just make a dry run here, and that all of us here; under God, that is, the God of our choice, shall beef up this idea about freedom and liberty and those kind of arrangements, and that government of all individuals, by all individuals and for the individuals, shall not pass out of the world-picture.

And also with you.

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  • Posted by: rpp - May. 28, 2010 6:50 PM ET USA

    I have to disagree with you on this one. I think it is number 5. In addition, not to be picky or pedantic, but you misspelled "Muslim" on choice number 5.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - May. 28, 2010 6:46 PM ET USA

    I agree with your take on this, Di, but I would say #5 runs a close second. The MSM never want to offend any religious group, except Christians, nor any ethnic group, except Caucasians.