- Communism = Fascism - the ability to make the trains run on time
- Singapore = Disneyland + the death penalty
- Emergent Christians = Calvinists + tattoos
If I remember right I came across this one on a blog post by Earl Creps. The point is that the Emergent movement/conversation/or whatever may not be as radical/innovative/heretical as everyone usually supposes, i.e. that the differences may be more stylistic than substantive.
- Missouri Synod Lutherans = fundamentalists + cigars
As I was thinking about all this, it occurred to me that part of the famous poem about love in 1 Corinthians 13 could be made into a series of equations. I know, it's really ugly to reduce poetry to mere math. But in this case, I wonder whether we're so familiar with the poetry that we've be've built up immunity. Maybe we could better appreciate the power of the poetry if we came at it for once from a little different angle. So here goes: (Quotes are from NIV.)
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal."
tongues of men + tongues of angels - love = noise
"If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."
prophecy + total insight + knowledge + faith to the tenth power - love = 0,
or (spiritual gifts * infinity) - love = 0
"If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing."
(act of charity * 1,000,000) + (act of self sacrifice * 1,000,000) - love = 0