Doubt all that you see. Be surprised at all that happens. This is the message of Golly of Nazareth, at the core of The Church Of Golly. Founder Oval Rubber, and all of us at The Golly Group of Media Companies, invite you to explore this website, starting with the latest news here on the front page. Go inside to learn about the history of Gollyism, receive lessons in Doubt, and meet some of the people who promote Oval's ministry through The By Golly Show and the other enterprises of the Church and The Golly Group.
Today's Doubtful Definition: Truth, n., an ingenious compound of desirability and appearance.
The Quotation in Rotation: Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. --Andre Gide
A Man Called Oval on video
Alex Monday reads from the book by Ethyl Rubber in video episodes. Each new episode will be on "A Man Called Oval" page.
__________________________________________________ Related news Alex Monday's essay, Does Golly Have a Place in Our Lives, is being presented here at the request of Oval Rubber, who calls it a work of genius. Written back when Monday had only recently joined the Church Of Golly organization, it discusses mysticism and how it relates to the message of Golly. You can find it on "This Week's Lesson" page.
__________________________________________________ Breaking news from Church headquarters:
Ben Simple challenges the Pope.
Ben Simple, a founding member of The Church Of Golly and the Host of The By Golly Show on television, issued a statement regarding the subject of Hell, saying that you don't have to be Catholic to go there. Emphasizing that his words were not official, Simple claimed to know several people who had gone there, "and some of them were not Christians at all." He went on to say that the current pope, while evidently trying to reach out to other faiths, was showing himself to be more of a Gollyite than he would probably want to admit. "I'm sure," said Simple from his office at The Golly Group building on the campus of Surprise University, "that he is a nice guy, but I challenge him to come here to Houston, Kansas and debate me on this subject." When asked by a reporter which subject it was, he replied, "The subject is not the object." __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Surprise of Your Life This little book will attempt to summarize the story of Golly of Nazareth, in order to give those unfamiliar with the prophet a glimpse not only of his life, but of the philosophy which he brought to the world and which is known as Gollyism. Thus, Oval Rubber--founder of The Church Of Golly--begins the volume before you now. Drawing on the Book of Gol, which he likens--especially the three Gospels of Doubt--to the New Testament of the Bible, he presents a picture of the life and times of Golly in the first century AD. His desert conversion, the assembling of his twelve "non-disciples", his association with Jesus, and his ministry, are described with the help of quotes from the texts themselves. Theorizing that Golly and Jesus collaborated in what he terms The Golilean Scene, he tells how the Jewish establishment's betrayal of Jesus to the Romans led to Golly's decision to "disappear" just in time to avoid his own entrapment. Reverend Rubber challenges our thinking about this time and place, even as he welcomes our doubt. For as he points out, doubt and surprise were the central message of Golly of Nazareth. To go to the book site, push the button below: For the Kindle e-book version:
This is the biography of Oval Rubber, father of The Church Of Golly, from his childhood until the age of 28. Beginning with an overview of Oval's early life in Ohio, where he is born in 1948, through his college days in Utah, it goes on to introduce the people who influence his thinking as a young intellectual in search of a ministry. We meet the theatrical pioneers who bring him together with his future wife, Ethyl, in Salt Lake City, and watch as he uses their example to begin creating a revolutionary new religion called Gollyism. We go with Oval and Ethyl in 1976 as they embark on a journey, both figurative and literal, into their future, and across the country toward the founding of The Church Of Golly in the little town of Houston, Kansas. Along the way, they meet the people who will play key roles in the organization that has brought the message of Golly of Nazareth to the world. This is a tale of the 1970s and a group of restless bohemians who come together to form the core of one of the most original religious movements to come out of the American experience. They are led by the man who millions have come to know through The By Golly Show as the evangelist of Doubt and Surprise, Oval Rubber. Author Ethie Rubber paints a minutely detailed picture of a group of hippies on the road, and the humor and loyalty they develop as they find themselves being drawn into the world of Gollyism brought forth by a man called Oval. To go to the book site: For the Kindle version:
(Editor's note--We welcome all letters, no matter how doubtful. The more doubtful the better, actually.)
Editor: As I become older, I half expected my Doubt to weaken. You know, the whole thing about people becoming more concerned about their soul and the afterlife and so on as they feel it approaching. But the strange thing is, I feel more doubtful all the time. People ask me how I can continue on looking for surprise everywhere and embracing doubt. I admit, sometimes it is a heavy challenge. It would be so much easier to believe and accept what I see. But, in the words of David Crosby, "I feel like I owe it to someone." --Downtown Dallas Doubter Dear Downtown: What a wonderful testimony! I feel that I need to doubt what you say, so I am going to stop thinking about it for awhile, until the feeling that I believe you passes. And by the way, we also should not be surprised if we find out later that doubt was the wrong approach altogether. Belief is for believers, and doubt is for doubters. P.S. Didn't David Crosby play for the Cowboys? --Editor
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The Oval Corner By Oval Rubber Founder of The Church Of Golly and Host Emeritus of The By Golly Show
I am delighted that Alex Monday is reading Ethyl's book on video. His performances are great fun for me to watch. I think he got the idea after I decided to put the text of my book up on the website. He has always been very competitive that way, and a real joiner-in as well. Hereabouts we are always looking for new ways to surprise each other and the public, and also stir up doubt among the legal department!
This website is satire. All public figures and institutions mentioned here are presented in that light. The teachings can be beneficially applied to one's life, but it is all about humor--political and satirical--and everything said herein should be DOUBTED!