Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Church History Puns

I just started a church history class tonight. My professor is young (meaning he is not ancient) and also one of those Ridiculously Intelligent Geniuses Who Cannot Be Touched (meaning he is smarter than me).

I kept noticing throughout his lecture today that there were these little puns thrown in every once in a while. But he never cracked a smile. I laughed once, but no one else did, so I was wondering... is this some sort of test? Is this how he entertains the other 98% of his brain while the 2% is lecturing?

I know, you think they are probably just those accidental puns that happen sometimes. The kind where you say "no pun intended" and everyone laughs and you say, "No, really." But c'mon. You have to see these puns to believe them. Here are my two favorites:

1) Talking about the earliest church that has been found (it's in a cave) he aid, "This was a rocky time for the church."

2) Talking about the similarities between pagan and Christian art in the first couple of centuries after Christ he said, "There are common artisitic practices that I would draw on."

So come on... tell me the truth. Do you think those puns are intentional or accidental?


  1. Sure to be intentional - and they are even sweeter if there is maybe one person who gets it and no one else. Very entertaining, I would think.
    We haven't heard anything about the conference!

  2. So much prep goes into planning a lecture-- I'm sure those puns are intentional. Witty man! And 10 points for you for catching these subtle puns!

  3. Anonymous10:23 AM

    yeah, i'll vote in your little poll but to expound on my vote i say they're totally intended and you're just part of the 2% that gets it.

  4. Ha ha ha. I loved Marc's class. Probably one of my favorite of all time.

    And yes, I'm sure they were intentional. I'm with you on the 98% of his brain needing to entertain himself somehow.