Thursday, April 12, 2007

The power of prayer

Theology meets golf today. On the BBC website, Robbo Robson shares his thoughts about Zach Johnson, the recent Masters Golf champion, and his thanking God in his prize winning speech.

Robbo first notes: ‘Now I always feel a bit unsettled when sportsmen give the Big Fella the credit. God’s a busy bloke’. However, picking up on theodicy related matters he rightly asks ‘if God gave Zach the gumption to chip it to a foot on the 72nd, was he also responsible for the tree that whacked Rose's drive on the 17th even further off into No Man's Land?’!

His tight logical argument ends:

‘Nah, Mr Johnson, it looked to me like you won ‘cos you practised hard, not ‘cos you prayed hard. As a Boro fan and an Englishman, I can assure you that when it comes to sport, the power of prayer is well overrated’!
OK, maybe I didn't need to make the picture of this golfer quite so big. I think her posture looks technically rather perfect however. Especially the legs.



At 4/12/2007 9:59 PM, Anonymous Jon said...



At 4/13/2007 12:21 AM, Anonymous thechurchgeek said...

I don't normally defend the "I thank God for this victory" line. Because I do agree that God has a lot bigger fish to fry.

But I think all Zach Johnson said was that he felt God's presence with him (it was Easter Sunday after all) at least that's all I heard in the quotes from him.

At 4/13/2007 3:40 AM, Anonymous byron smith said...

Ben Witherington also had a few thoughts on this issue.

At 4/13/2007 9:32 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

crikey what a nice golf club she is holding.

churchgeek, I too think Zach was right to thank God, and I think Ben WIth 3, linked to below by Byron, is also right on the money. I was just being playful, as I'm sure you noticed!


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