“In German, the words for “heretic” [Ketzer] and “candle” [Kerze] are rather similar. A colleague of ours studying in Basel discovered this, much to his embarassment, when he went into a store intending to buy four candles but instead ordered “four heretics.” The storekeeper, wishing to be helpful, asked, “What do you want them for?” to which our friend enthustiatically responded, “To burn for Advent!” (González and González, Heretics for Armchair Theologians, p. 1)

Happy Advent to all my fellow Protestant double heretics (from the Eastern Orthodox point of view :-))! Keep yourself warm!


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