I just read a post on Rachel Held Evans’ blog about Christians and humour (which is worth a read in its entirety) and saw this GK Chesterton quotation:
This summarises something of the thinking behind this site.
Rachel has a few points in her post:
1. Humour works when it’s directed toward yourself
The vast majority of the jokes on this site are directed at ourselves. A good example is the Socially Awkward Christian Penguin.
2. Humour works when it’s directed toward your own community or culture
And our main culture here is the Church of England in it’s context in England. An example is in this Doctor Who article.
3. Humour works when it’s directed toward the powerful
Have a look at this article about Lord Carey.
4. Humour works when it tears down idols
How about this?
We hope we regularly make you smile but we also hope that sometimes we can be a prophetic voice in the church through our satire.
On Friday our very own Robb started a hashtag game encouraging people to think of #churchofenglandfilms. The contributions came in thick and fast and continued until late Saturday and at lunch time on Friday it trended in the UK on twitter (this is very exciting if you are a twitter geek like us!) We were delighted that lots of people said the game had made their night and had been the most entertaining thing they’d seen on twitter for a long while.
This is really part of what we’re trying to do with this website – raise a smile for the institution we love:
Just in case you missed just how fun this was, here is a selection of some of the best tweets. A special mention should be made for @jamesOMcraig who had to be the most prolific producer of these puns (we’ve only shared a fraction of them here!):
Feel free to add more by twitter or in the comments on this post or on our facebook page.
[View the story “What if the Church of England made movies?” on Storify]