Bill Maher and the Holy Trinity


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?



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  • I believe it was Bill Maher who said "If Jesus was Jewish, why did he have an Hispanic name?"

    Which about settles it for me.

    At least there is not a "Church of St. Joseph the Unemployed.*"

    *compared to "St. Joseph the Worker."

  • In reply to jack:

    Sorry Jack, not responding to just you per se, but pushing Christine a ring lower.

    Go get 'em Aquinas! I've always sensed a odd cowardliness in self-proclaimed atheists, and a suspicious zeal. They too often believe the claim isn't a choice.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    The software should prevent the spammers. Here it seems to take a day or too.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    And 22 minutes later, after commenting on Hammerman on something of shared interest, it is gone.

  • Well said, Jerry. Not that it will make any difference to Maher.

  • Why should Maher care about this splitting of Church hairs in the age of modular Catholicism any more than it should matter to those who question other Catholic doctrine and tradition?

    Let's face it, Jerry, the Nicene Creed was written in the 4th Century. . In an age of Leggo churchism, it can be slipped out and substituted with the Maher Creed. Can if other things are. Don't you agree? It's progressive.

    Let's not even get into the Real Presence and cannibalism.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    As indicated by two of my comments above, I'm not getting into this.

    Somehow I stumbled onto the portion of WTTW Pledge Month on Catholicism where there someone was talking about a debate whether Mary was the mother of God or the repository thereof. Still teed that there is nothing of value on 11.1 this month, I next punched in TUFF TV (new 24.2). But since the purpose of such shows (such as Geoff Baer in the South Suburbs, The Jews in Chicago) is an overt attempt to get certain demographic groups to pledge, I hope the Catholics did. Or maybe I don't.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, you seem to have a not so subtle axe to grind with Christendom, but I'll leave that as your Cross to bear...

    I once read a book by Jung about juvenile gods. He found that when past civilizations went thru times of spiritual revival, they would sometimes begin to worship their gods in their juvenile forms, i.e. baby zeus or apollo the boy. Counter intuitive to have the adult first, eh.

    From that point of view, and a little chaotic dynamics, the Christ Child was inevitable in the collective psyche.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    If you go to Hammerman, it isn't an axe, but, besides from what you should have implied from those references, something else. Also, the bearing of constipation. But I would guess that only 1 billion of the world's 7 billion want to bear your cross.

    Also, with the collective psyche, I don't see you weighing into the particular theological debate. But as I said, I'm not either, but watching the Canadian compact car builders show and Man on a Mission for Cleavage on TUFF TV.

  • In reply to jack:

    I did read your piece on Hammerman last night. It was interesting and witty.

    You may or may not know, but your implications are often very cryptic.

    I thought i just read there 1.2 billion Catholics, and that wouldn't include other Christians in the count.

    Any way, I need to check out this Tuff TV thing, it's about time, how long before the feminists shut it down.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Maybe I was thinking of the 1.2 B Catholic one, but there are sure a lot of non ones in Asia (probably at least 4 B).

    But as far as feminists shutting it down, then I would demand taking off Martha Stewart, Katie Brown Workshop, and most particularly Steven and Chris. But TUFF TV is certainly not sympathetic to the feminist pov.

    Also, interestingly, while 24.1-24.6 occasionally came one (such as when the wind blew the roof antenna around), I was not able to lock onto it until Channel 7 said to rescan for them. Maybe you want to watch 24.6 (Korean Christian Television), or maybe not.

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