Apologetics 101: Don’t Lose Your Sense of Humor

For those of you in need of a good laugh . . . watch how Stephen Colbert slices through author Bart Ehrman’s flimsy theories about contradictions in the Bible.

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Colbert is more than a bit cheeky, which, granted, may not work when you’re chatting with a coworker whose conversion you hope for. But he’s also lighthearted and entirely unperturbed by Ehrman’s theories. (The Anchoress likened him to G. K. Chesterton. How apt.) His opening question for Ehrman: “Okay, I’ll bite. Why’s the Bible a big fat lie and I’m an idiot for believing it?” Plus, while keeping his sense of humor, he also:

  • offers examples and illustrations,
  • quotes the Creed and Scripture,
  • asks questions of his own, and
  • shows that the supposed contradictions Ehrman presents are nothing exciting–in fact, they’re a bit silly.

When sharing or defending the faith, it’s important to take the right things seriously–such as the person we’re talking with, especially if he is earnest in his questions and his desire to know the truth. After all, we do want to help people know Christ and His Church. But sometimes the questions people ask–or the accusations they make–just don’t deserve the credibility that comes with being taken seriously. And we have to guard against the temptation to take ourselves too seriously. What was it Chesterton wrote in Orthodoxy? “Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.”

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