A friend from Wyoming recently sent me this newspaper clipping from the Sept. 9-10, 2006 Jackson Hole Daily. As you can see, a devout man will prove his faith by jumping his motorcycle through a wall of fire.
Here is the note my friend sent along with the clipping:
dear e: you are such a good friend that I feel i owe it to you to let you know i am signing off of DI, and probably won’t need to return. i have enjoyed the blog, but you have to admit that so much of it has been devoted to the lack of proof of the existence of god (or God, I am never sure which it is). Now that I have found positive proof, i don’t need DI any more so I wanted to say thanks and bye. your friend
p.s. oh, I meant to mention. here’s the proof, attached. (and who would have thought I would have found proof in a small town newspaper??? go figure.) anyway, the way i see it, if this guy (Gene Sullivan) will jump (as he says, “launch into life”) through fire (“the barrier which stands between us and our eternity”) that is good enough proof for me that god (or is it God?) exists. feel free to share this with grumpy and all your pals (without my name) but it might be the end of DI if they too become believers.
This friend thought he was on to something new and innovative. This proof, however, the ontological motorcycle through wall of fire proof has been kicking around for years. I learned about it in a graduate level philosophy of religion class, where we also learned of the proof of God by smashing 10,000 pumpkins and the proof of God by invading and occupying Middle Eastern countries.
If my friend ever writes back, I’ll then update this post to indicate whether Sullivan successfully proved the existence of God.
Update: According to Jhnews and Guide, Gene Sullivan did jump his motorcycle through a wall of fire, successfully demonstrating “his faith in Jesus Christ.”