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
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Alex Monday reads from the book by Ethyl Rubber in video episodes. Each new episode will be on the "A Man Called Oval" page.
__________________________________________________ Flash! The Surprise of Your Life now on site for free reading
Oval Rubber has decided to publish the entirety of his book, The Surprise of Your Life, on this Website. With the approval of his publisher, Axel Mundi Press, the complete text is now available here. It can be found on the "Library" page (see navigation bar at top). Oval says he feels that "getting the story of Golly out there is more important than book sales." In a statement on behalf of The Golly Group, which is in partnership with AMP in promoting both this and Ethyl Rubber's recent bio, A Man Called Oval, director "Casey" Jones supported Oval's decision, adding that the paperback edition of the book is still a must-have for any Gollyite or fan of Oval Rubber [see below for ordering information] and pointing out that the text is copyrighted material, as is everything on the Website. (Thanks, Casey.)
__________________________________________________ Breaking news from Church headquarters:
Oval Rubber says that pets have soles.
Church Of Golly leader Oval Rubber has come out in support of the Pope's opinion that the feet of household pets, such as dogs and cats, though maybe not fish, have soles. It has been a primary tenet of Western religious theory for centuries that men (and by extension, women) are unique among earthly creatures in having soles, and this, says Mr. Rubber, was the basis for the development of footwear and the entire shoe industry as it now exists. Early Christian thinkers agreed that the sole was the bottom of the foot. This led to the popular though scholastically doubtful belief among the laity that the sole was immortal, because it tended to outlive all attempts to place an intermediary between it and the ground of its being. Cults of barefootedness which appeared in the Middle Ages are thought to have been misguided attempts by uneducated believers to bypass the shoe as the only evidence of a godly life. But through all this, our pet friends were considered exiled from Heaven because they had, variously, hooves, paws, and fins where we hominids had skin. Now, the leader of, arguably, the most important Western religion has been quoted by the, arguably, most important Western newspapers as suggesting that those pet feet which mean so much to us in our earthly life might in fact have soles, for purposes of definition. "Lawyers for Jehovah Almighty," said Mr. Rubber, "are reserving opinions on this matter pending a thorough investigation of the pertinent pedagogy." Meanwhile, the general feeling among Church staffers seems to be running in favor of the Pope's putting his foot down on this subject. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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. Get The Surprise of Your Life here! Also available as a Kindle e-book here. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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.
(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
When I told my publisher I wanted to put The Surprise of Your Life on the Website here, he was nothing if not surprised. Even though we were talking on the phone, I could almost see the doubt fill his face like a crack running through a windshield. "You're the boss," he said after a moment of silence. "Actually, I don't know why I didn't see it coming," he added almost immediately. I have to say, Axel has the fastest recovery time of anybody I know, when it comes to surprise. "In fact, it might be a great idea, now that I think about it. Talk about your free sample pages. The whole Gol-darned book will be a free sample. It might start a whole new trend in publishing sales strategy. Sell them the book after they've read it." "Well," I said, "I was actually thinking more in terms of giving more people the opportunity to read it at all. But I guess you have to think of the sales." "Yeah," he said. "You don't need the money. I still have a bottom line I have to watch out for." "Now, I'm sure you aren't depending on my little book to keep you afloat," I said. "You might be surprised," he said, and this time I could see his deadpan expression through the phone. Anyway, I hope many of you who wouldn't have gone out and bought the book cold, or even hot, will take the time to read it here. Let me know, so I can tell Mundi. And then buy it for his sake.
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!