Here Comes the Judge

Monday, 01 May 2006

J. Gresham Machen observed in his classic book "Christianity and Liberalism", " The fundamental fault of the modern church is that she is busily engaged in an absolutely impossible task-- she is engaged in calling the righteous to repentance.
Perhaps I was simply too young to appreciate the absurdist humor of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," the popular television comedy (1968-1973). I never quite understood why the laugh track kicked in whenever Sammy Davis, Jr. shuffled across the screen to the sing-song catchphrase "Here comes the judge." I still don't. But the "Laugh-In" writers must have been on to something, because long after that show went off the air the judge-as-entertainer remains a pop-culture staple. The humor may no longer be explicit, but the entertainment value-as well as the absurdity-remains. <...

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