Her: Do you know the way if people have been good they go to heaven?
Her: But how come they get judged again on the last day?
Me: Ooh, double jeopardy. No,um, seriously, is that not the resurrection of the body?
Her: No, remember it says “and He shall judge the living and the dead”?
Me: Yeah, I dunno, look, I’ll ask my friend C, he’ll know.
Her: Why, is he a Protestant?
This all comes from me telling her that Catholics, including her mother, are weak on theology and don’t know their Bible at all. Maybe I’ve overdone that excuse a bit.
I think you’re right. So much of my schooling seemed to be spent on religious education, preparation for the sacraments and so on – yet I know little of theology. Did I ever know it? If not, what on earth were we doing in all those hours in school?
I’m tempted to recommend that she read Christopher Hitchens, God is not Great. And I’d like to be a fly on the wall of her religious education class when she starts asking questions after reading it.
Praxis, excellent question to which I can give no satisfactory answer.
MT, God forbid and all that. Happy belated by the way.