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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__________________________________________________ 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.
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Michelin's surprise discovery
Michelin Rubber, daughter of Oval and Ethyl Rubber and the youngest member of the family, made a surprising find at the Utah Avenue house which she lives in and manages in Houston, Kansas. This house, as readers of A Man Called Oval will recall, was the first residence of Oval and Ethie, along with their newly adopted son, Galvin, and travel mates John and Bev, after their arrival in the little town in 1976 with the intention of making it the home of their new Church Of Golly. Mich herself would be born there a few months later. The discovery was made, she said, while she and a couple of the people who are currently renting rooms in the house were doing some spring cleaning upstairs in the bedroom which was originally occupied by Galvin, who was still seventeen when they moved in, and who lived there with his adoptive family for several years. "It is remarkably well preserved," said Ms Rubber, referring to a small amount of marijuana sealed in a "baggie" commonly used for the purpose in those days. "It was behind the heater grill in Gal's room," where it had apparently been sitting undetected for nearly forty years. She said that one of her companions found the relic when she happened to pull the grate away from the wall in order to see whether the heat duct should be vacuumed out. "I am guessing that my dear brother put it there as a hedge against hard times, and then forgot about it. Just like him," she added, laughing. "To forget it, I mean." As to why she decided to reveal the find to the editors of this website and thus to the world: "Gal and I have always tried to outdo each other in Surprise. I doubt if he is going to be able to top this any time soon." Reaction among the Rubber family members has been, predictably, amusement. Oval Rubber said, "He had some good grass when we met him. I'd say it would bring a pretty penny on eBay." Gal himself said to this writer, "I wonder how much she smoked before she reported it. If I remember right, it was probably about an eighth of an ounce when I stashed it there. It looks like considerably less than that now." __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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: Dear Oval Rubber, Like you, I have bounced back from a lot of trials and tribulations in my life. That makes me feel a sense of connection with you; not a very close connection, true, but you might say, an elastic one. That makes me want to share with you an insight I just had this morning while staring into my coffee wondering whether or not I would find a drowned fly at the bottom. "Golly Gee," I said to myself, "can't a gal just drink her coffee in peace?" And that's when I realized what Golly Gee actually means. Saying "Golly" of course is calling upon the spirit of Golly himself, which is the spirit of doubt and surprise. "Gee" on the other hand is a euphemism for Jesus, the spirit of belief. So saying "Golly Gee" is a way of referencing the double helix, if you will, of doubt and belief that is our human heritage. What a surprise! --A Nonny Mouse Dear A: Thank you for your insightful comments. Doubt and belief are indeed two sides of the same coin, or two halves of the same biscuit, as my mother used to say, or two stripes on the same barber pole, as my grandfather used to say, or -- well, you see what I am saying. There are two viewpoints to every argument, two signatures on every contract, two covers on every book -- but not two sides to a CD. Did you know that in the early days of phonograph records, only one side was used? Perhaps one day CDs will be printed on both sides as a matter of course, as a few I have seen have been. But what were we talking about? Oh, yes, doubt and belief. Jesus and Golly were friends, according to The Book Of Gol. There have always been, among those who study such things in an esoteric way (such as the Rosicrucians and their lesser-known brothers the Golicrucians), an understanding that these two figures, whether historical or not, represent the two halves of the human brain: one side the logical, the other the intuitive. As I have said before, everything that claims to be Gollyism should be doubted, including doubt. (Do two doubts equal a belief? I'm not sure.) And I have always urged believers to hold onto their belief, but simply to add some doubt to the recipe for flavor. As a preacher of Golly, it is my job to proclaim his message of doubt. As a private citizen, I am free to say, "How about those Cowboys?" Regards, Oval. --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
Dear reader or viewer: An article came in, anonymously, to the office of the website recently which I felt was such a well-stated piece on doubt and belief that I have decided to publish it here. I hope you find it as thought-provoking as I did.
Why I am a Gollyite by Anonymous G.
After over sixty years of trying to make sense of the world, I have come to think that my (and, I propose, your) response to information and experience always falls into one of two general categories: belief and doubt. After considerable outward study (Hard Knocks U.), and inward processing (Taming of the Shrew), I have concluded that, for me, there is only one reasonable response to what I see going on: and it is not belief; it is doubt. It seems to me now that belief is like a dead end road. At the end of this road there is a fence, and on the fence is a sign: Belief (No thoroughfare). Once embarked on such a road, progress must come to a stop at the belief sign. On the other hand, the road of non-belief (doubt) appears to allow unrestricted – albeit somewhat unpredictable – travel. Doubt is like a road on which all the signs are blank, though frustratingly never-ending. Successful negotiation of each turn requires the accumulated understanding of all that came before, mixed with considerable skepticism. "What," you might ask before reading any farther, "does this have to do with me, you troublemaker? Why are you disturbing my peace of mind?" Well, it has to do with your peace of mind, precisely. I am only offering what has come to be a way of thinking that seems to eliminate worry in my life. I know that, in my time, I have done my fair share of worrying about being right with God. When I was young I tried hard to be a believer. But there were so many questions. Now my doubt has set me free; but I don't expect you to believe me, nor do I feel any need to save you from your share of worrying. And it really doesn't seem very important what you think of me. I am only a tempest in a teapot. And yet bear with me a little longer.... Many, in these days as in the past, have taken shelter in religion as a shield against what they see as the sinful doubt coming from science. Many others, in past days as in these, have taken refuge in science as a buckler against what they see as the unfounded belief issuing from religion. Ironically, it seems clear that science, for many who think themselves modern, has entered the very realm of belief which they think is the province of religion. For me, on the other hand, religion has entered the realm of doubt. Let me be clear: many today believe in science, and doubt religion; others doubt science and believe in religion. I say such dichotomies are a contradiction in thinking, caused by a condition of denial -- the denial that a dead end road ends dead. The people on both sides of these interchangeable dualisms would likely agree that religion requires faith, and science, proof; but I say that taking any side of a duality such as religion/science requires faith: not only is religion belief, but science is belief. Yet there is a wrinkle in this reasoning, and in the folds of that wrinkle lies a wisdom: I say that science, as it is popularly understood today, is a belief system. The belief is that the world can be known and measured. This makes it, according to strict definition, a religion (a way of anchoring ourselves to the world). A true scientist, however, will say that proof follows upon doubt: experience must be amenable to replication by anyone, otherwise it is to be doubted. Now, traditional post-Newtonian science held that natural law was the same everywhere. But modern, i.e. post-Einstein, physics has shown that natural law may not be universal -- two examples: the experimenter inevitably influences the experiment; and the theory of non-locality defies the limits of space and time. (The reader can investigate these statements on their own time.) And truth, apparently, may not be everywhere the same. The laws of nature may be subject to different jurisdictions, like the traffic laws when you cross state lines. Here the speed limit is 65; there it is 60. Same road, but different reality. Similarly, traditional (fundamentalistic) theology holds that God's truth is the same everywhere. This puts it in the same bed as traditional science, the bed of belief. A true theologist, however, will say that doubt follows upon belief: truth must be subject to boundaries. It must be amenable to challenge. This puts the true theologist in the same bed as the true scientist. And that bed is the bed of doubt. In conclusion, to quote a song by the musician Axel Mundi, science and religion are the same enterprise. Religion and science both seek an ultimate truth, and both are forever trying to overcome the reasonable doubt which makes conviction unacceptable. Both, as it were, are susceptible to infection by belief. Ironically, this infection can only be put in remission by a strong injection of what both camps fear the most: doubt, a mysterious inoculation seemingly more frightening than the familiar disease. But hold your faith! Cure is not possible, at least yet. Once belief has been introduced into a system, it cannot be totally eradicated. Constant and never-ending doses of doubt, self-administered, are the only prescription that relieves belief for the hard of thinking.
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