Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Devoted to theological and exegetical discussion

Google searches that land on my blog are sometimes a little frightening. Literally everyday people feel compelled to search for ‘proof of hell’, ‘picture of hell’, ‘visions of hell’ or some such variation. My posts on hell have thus ended up among the most well read on my blog, which makes me wonder about many things. The sanity of Homo sapiens, being one.

What is more, I’m quite sure that those who land on my blog aren’t finding what they were looking for. Someone types in ‘please show me real visions of hell and demons’ into Google, and they land on my shameless piss taking.

It seems the most popular remain the ever so slightly ironic ‘Existence of hell proved’, parts one and two, and ‘Hades discovered under the sea’. Packed with top-notch academic discussion every time, of course ...

No, not my posts on Küng, not my reflections on the exegetical problems of this or that passage in the Corinthians correspondence, not anything that is the fruit of learning or study. But talk about a visionary who sees rodgering demons with hot pokers, and people read it.

UPDATE: Looking at the Google searches again, another popular hit has been this post. Of course, it’s another rigorous, scholarly and penetrating analysis, worthy of its popularity, filled with power insights such as ‘Of course, more syllables is a step in the right direction’. *End bitter sarcasm mode*


At 10/03/2006 1:48 AM, Anonymous Chris T. said...

It's always that way. Back when I had the Progressive Protestant blog, I had years worth of ruminations on theology, politics, linguistics, a few other serious subjects. The number one search coming from Google? 'Best joke ever', because I'd posted about those British scientists who tried to determine which jokes had the broadest appeal internationally.

It's humbling, though, which is good. :-)

At 10/03/2006 2:24 AM, Anonymous Jim said...

Don't despair. Write for yourself. The massive hoardes of blathering, ill informed, dribbling, witless, slack jawed, mouth breathing, hell bound, dillywads who daily make use of google to satisfy their prurient interests wouldn't know a substantive argument on something theological if it floated down from heaven in a feather chariot and landed on their bloated, insipid, vile, self absorbed, senseless, worthless bellies.

That's why, by the by, the Church's theologians always used Latin in their discussions. Let the populum vulgarum rot in their useless wretched ignorance.

[Please note- the aforementioned was written with the love of Jesus in my cold, darkened, shrivelled, blackened, heart].

At 10/03/2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Humbling, indeed, thanks Chris T.

Jim, that has to be one of the funniest things i have ever read!! I need to print that out and frame it!

At 10/03/2006 5:07 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

how are the moltmann lectures?

At 10/04/2006 12:26 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Brian, they haven't started yet. Thanks for asking.


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