The mainstream media is starting to pick up on a story I first saw at Stand Firm on Wednesday. Seems there’s a Universal Life Church Anglican “clergyman” in New Zealand with an adolescent sense of humor and a Dawkins-esque view of orthodox Christianity. Archdeacon Glynn Cardy of St. Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland had this billboard erected (pardon the pun) as a way of challenging a view of Christmas that no one believes:

He explained what this is about in a sermon last Sunday:

Christian fundamentalism believes a supernatural male God who lived above sent his sperm into the womb of the virgin Mary….

The Christmas billboard outside St Matthew-in-the-City lampoons literalism and invites people to think again about what a miracle is. Is the miracle a male God sending forth his divine sperm, or is the miracle that God is and always has been among the poor? The billboard has a sombre Joseph and a consoling Mary, with the caption “Poor Joseph. God is a hard act to follow.”

For fundamentalist Christians the incarnation is about the miraculous arrival of a baby soon to die and by his blood save us. For progressive Christians the incarnation is about the miracle of this planet earth and all life that exists here.

Nice to hear from yet another “cleric” who apparently got his theological degree out of a cereal box, and knows no actual fundamentalist or evangelical or Catholic Christians. I hope his bishop is proud of him.