Yesterday I posted a wonderful pondering of thoughts about the ‘state’ of things. Many people commented on the wisdom and sensitivity of George Carlin, who while he is much loved for many things was not the author of Something to Ponder.
I got a very nice comment from Tim Copsey that these words were in fact and essay called The paradox of our time written by Bob Moorehead.
I did what I should have done yesterday and researched what I could about Dr. Bob Moorehead who was the pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington for 29 years, which was once the largest church in the state of Washington.
This was the message from Tim: And below that my response along with apologies. We all know you cannot always trust the information on the internet. You know the old joke “if its on the internet it must be true”, but I should have checked and next time will.
Nice words, but George Carlin did not write this, it’s an essay called “The paradox of our time” by someone called Bob Moorehead. An outspoken atheist, Carlin would never have urged anyone to pray more often.
If you think that doesn’t matter, I’d say its important to make sure the right words are attributed to the right people. Carlin hated being thought of as the author of these words, while Bob Moorehead deserves credit for them.
Thanks so much for letting me know Tim and I will repost your comment for everyone, at least everyone who reads this to correct the information. Credit where credit is due as any of us who has occasional original thoughts would appreciate. I’ve seen George several times live and yes he was an atheist, proudly, and I think I got so caught up with the message that I neglected to consider the source. Chris
**Of note: For anyone else doing research, Moorehead did resign under a cloud which in no way affects the brilliance of his message.
- George Carlin: Something to Ponder (bridgesburning.wordpress.com)