Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Typo?

Today I am reminded of an old post over on Scotteriology, namely the one about the worst typo ever, because I recently received an e-mail from an OT lecturer at a University in Ireland. He started his letter to me thusly:

Dear Christ…

I was naturally flattered (and not just a little bit concerned that God's finger may well have been prompted to hover for a while over a smite-Chris-with-lightning-bolt button).

I’m not Christ, however (there's a sentence I won't have to write too often). I say this not just to avoid the lightning bolts but also just in case any conservative blog starts to read significance into this post and lashes me with accusations of having a messiah complex or something.

Paranoid? Not really. After all, a certain conservative “discernment ministry” (*rolls about on the floor laughing*) called SliceofLaodicea.com recently castigated Veggie Tales for its evil lies. After all, they reasoned, vegetables don’t need a saviour.

I read the post in question, having hyperlinked myself into their web page from Steven Harris’s post, and wondered if it would be possible to actually tax people serious money for blogging utter bollocks. That thought cheered me until I realised that this idea could backfire rather badly on me…

17 Comments:

At 9/11/2007 10:49 PM, Anonymous thegreatswalmi said...

confession time:
1. Chris, I almost always type your name "christ" (spent too long typing my thesis...it's just second nature now...should that be new nature or fallen nature?...i don't know). This propensity is due entirely to sense-memory and in no way implies that I think of you as deity.

2. I read sliceoflaodicea.com fairly regularly. most of the time i can smile and laugh before the rage-shakes start, which is good.

blessings,
mike

 
At 9/11/2007 10:52 PM, Anonymous Scott Bailey said...

Dear Chris(t),

Obviously, Dr. West is going to have to repent from his prior slander against your name now that your true affiliation has been shown.

Here's a good hyper-spiritual one for you: Perhaps this professor saw Jesus so clearly reflected in your life, marriage, and work that he choose this word?

 
At 9/11/2007 11:05 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

I too regularly type Christ and then have to backspace and take out the t. Then I backspace even further and type your true name- Satan.

And no- I won't repent. NO! NEIN!!!!!

Have a good night, Christ....

 
At 9/11/2007 11:10 PM, Anonymous Steven Harris said...

I assume that the blogs-full-of-bollocks you mention refers to Slice of Laodicea and not my own humble domain haha.

Having said that....

Hm.

 
At 9/11/2007 11:41 PM, Anonymous thegreatswalmi said...

I've heard that people accidently type "awesome" when they try to type mike, but that's only hearsay. so long as they don't type MichEAl.

 
At 9/12/2007 12:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are we changed (transformed) into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
So Chris(t), How did you beat the rest of us?

 
At 9/12/2007 3:31 AM, Anonymous byron smith said...

I can go one up on the hyper-spirituality: The problem is not the 't', it is the capital 'C'. If you're baptised into Christ, then you're a little 'c' christ, since Christ has poured out the Spirit upon his church.

 
At 9/12/2007 4:50 AM, Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

I'm a little christ? Wow!!! That explains how I can walk on frozen water! Mystery solved!

 
At 9/12/2007 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 John 3:2 says, 'we shall be like Him when He appears'.

Nick...can you really walk on frozen water?!

 
At 9/12/2007 5:51 AM, Anonymous Scott Bailey said...

A proof-texting contest is it? Well be warned, I grew up Pentecostal/WOF... you don't stand a chance.

1 John 2:20 says that we have the anointing of the Holy One (Jesus). If we take Xristos to be the Greek form of the Hebrew Meshiach which means "anointed one" then we as Christians have the anointing of the anointed one and are thereby meshiach ourselves, which through the Greek and into English would be Christ!!??##!!

You cannot defeat the awesome power of charismatic text manipulation.

 
At 9/12/2007 6:13 AM, Anonymous dan said...

My problem, when I read about such things, is that I usually want to call everyone "bitches" and I find that I always have to backspace over those letters. Apparently that sort of language doesn't foster "dialogue" -- especially with Conservatives!

However, as we are all douloi Xristou, I suppose that we could all be described as Chris(t)'s bitches.

 
At 9/12/2007 6:17 AM, Anonymous dan said...

In other news, it appears that all the content on sliceoflaodicea was erased by the hosting company. Oops.

 
At 9/12/2007 7:55 AM, Anonymous Ben Byerly said...

My wife, Christi, always enjoys reading about her deity or how she has saved the world in my papers.

 
At 9/12/2007 8:45 AM, Anonymous Scott Bailey said...

"In other news, it appears that all the content on sliceoflaodicea was erased by the hosting company."

And we CAN BE CONFIDENT that our kurios does indeed hear our prayers and work in mysterious ways. Heck, forget our prayers. He probably got so tired of that psycho site asserting that it spoke for him he deleted it himself.

All those hours of hate, bad hermeneutics, worse exegesis, and nothing to do with some guy named Yeshua deleted. What a shame.

 
At 9/12/2007 4:20 PM, Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

Ben,

One of my favorite Pauline passages (Phil. 2:5-11, the Carmen Christi) is about your wife!!! That's awesome!

Scott,

Cheer up -- the shamefulness continues here -- one of the contributors to the Slice site has his very own team blog filled with tons of improper hermeneutics and nonexistent exegesis. Chris(t) certainly hears our prayers, but sometimes he like to have a laugh at our expense. :^D

 
At 9/13/2007 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the Slice is up and running again. Seriously, take a look there have been some major changes.

http://sliceoflaodicea.wordpress.com/

 
At 9/15/2007 11:42 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Thank you all for your funny comments!

Steven. No comment.

Dan, I understand you there. I, oo, tend to find the delete button the wisest option mostly

 

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