Memo to Bill Maher, Host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO:
Mr. Maher, I'm a great fan of yours, but that's not why I'm writing. I'm writing to clear up some theological debris you left behind in your last show.
Now I do respect your opinion about you know whose existence. And I'm sure you've noticed the new pope wants to be your "precious ally" in a sort of peace offering. A good sign that both sides of the cosmological issue can find common ground in our efforts for social justice, peace, and a greener world.
But let me get back to the gist of my communication. Mr. Maher, at the end of your "New Rules" on March 22, you did a very funny bit about the Trinity. How God the Father talks to God the Son, which amounts to talking to himself. I have to admit as a born and bred Catholic, there is a lot of comic potential in the mystery of the Trinity. I often wondered myself about the schizophrenia of it.
But that's not why I'm writing. It seems you inadvertently erred in your remarks about the Holy Trinity. And since I graduated from a high school whose namesake it is, I thought I'd write and correct the record.
I think you said something to the effect that God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit to the modern Catholic) were all one person. Actually, they are three persons in one God. Three persons having the same nature. Or as the Nicene Creed has it, three persons of one Being.
Mr. Maher, this might be splitting religulous hairs to someone like yourself who philosophically rejects any notion of a Creator whatsoever. But among believers these theological distinctions are very serious business.
I don't have to remind anyone about the Crusades, the Inquisition, and Blood libel.
After all of that, really, what's a little raillery from an atheist?