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    Is the truth hard to handle?

    When the truth is hard to handle


    One of New York City's most popular morning broadcasters is a woman named Joan Hamburg.
    On a recent pre-Christmas occasion, her studio guests were women of various religious
    persuasions married to men of every other possible religious preference: Something like a Lutheran married to a Buddhist, a Reform Jew married to a Moonie, a Quaker married to a Hindu -you get the combinations.

    They were all talking in terribly pleasant terms about how they celebrate the religious holidays so that nobody gets offended, and the telephone calls were coming in from listeners simply delighted
    to learn how this was possible.

    Then came a call from someone who said, "You can only be holding this discussion because your particular religious convictions are of no consequence to you."

    Well, the air went dead; Joan Hamburg was speechless, her guests dumbstruck. Then they
    recovered and retaliated, you would have thought that this caller had declared World War III. The host castigated him as someone of mean spirit and ill will, a bigot and a grinch; the guests expressed their outrage that anyone could accuse them of being insincere about their respective religious traditions. How dare he!

    You see, in the middle of a post-modernist dialogue he had uttered a truth,


    a statement so stark in its reality, it cut through all the falsity of polite speech because it dared to declare what polite speech sought to obscure: If we believe that religion matters at all, it matters precisely because it is of ultimate significance and cannot be compromised into a mélange of comfortable doctrines, whereby I'll give up the Trinity if you drop the notion of reincarnation.
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