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: Cynic, n., a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. --Ambrose Bierce
The Quotation in Rotation: If two philosophers agree, one is not a philosopher. If two saints disagree, one is not a saint. --Tibetan saying
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__________________________________________________ Breaking news from Church headquarters:
Mormon missionaries wander into Church offices--Pt 2 and one gets hired!
One of the young missionaries who were the subject of an earlier news item has been retained by The Golly Group as a special consultant on the subject of the Book of Mormon. The man, who wishes to remain unidentified, is an expert on the Latter Day Saints scripture. As they always do here on the breaking news section, surprising questions were flying when Elder P. came in to the office alone one day and asked for a job. Is he really only nineteen? Can he know as much as they say? And why doesn't he want the Church to know about it? Of course, we are aware that publishing the story like this is a pretty sure way to get him exposed. But we try to think outside the box here at the breaking news department. We are trusting the universe on this one.
Note: The Surprise of Your Life can be read free here. To buy your own copy, see below.
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:
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Editor: I ordered the thing because all my friends at the mobile home park recommended them. So what should I do when it comes in the mail, I plug it in, and nothing happens.? --Sucker in Snohomish Dear Suckerin: We want to thank you for your kind words of doubt. What you said could not have been put better by anybody. We are proud to have you as a contributor to Letters to the Editor. --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
We at the C Of G are sometimes accused of being isolationists when it comes to working with people of other churches. Well, just the other day--yesterday, in fact--I personally interfaced with a couple of representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and we engaged in some productive dialog. These representatives were in fact two young missionaries who were brought to my office after they were treated to lunch at the finest cafeteria in Houston, Kansas--ours. "What can I do for you?" I asked, as I always do when meeting someone in my office. "Have you heard of the Mormons?" one of them asked. I then explained how I had spent my college years in Salt Lake City and had attended Utah Theological Seminary. They had not heard of UTS. I excused their ignorance, since the school had closed in the mid-80s, before they were born. "I have a great respect for your religion," I told them, "but I doubt it completely." I asked them if they knew anything about Gollyism. They then rehearsed the common impression of us which prevails in the community at large: that The Church Of Golly is a scam and that we are all about debunking religion. Of course, being missionaries, they said this in a most pleasant and inoffensive way. "Men," I said, "You are absolutely right. I doubt if I could have said it better myself. In fact, I wish to leave here right now and join the Mormon Church. I then got up from my desk and led them out into the office, where I told my secretary, Bob, that I was leaving for the day and would return in a few years to see how they were doing. Bob then began to cry, putting his head down onto his desk. Other staffers gathered around and also expressed dismay at my departure. "No, I'm sure," I told them. "I am going to be a Mormon. My life here is over. Tell Ethyl I will write to her from the Ward." --to be continued
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