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Humor of a Country Lawyer$
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Sam J. Ervin Jr.

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780807844649

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875735_Ervin

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Humor in Religion

Humor in Religion

(p.77) Chapter 6 Humor in Religion
Humor of a Country Lawyer

Sam J. Ervin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents Lenoir as a repository of religious truth. Dr. Gus McLean, the beloved pastor of its First Presbyterian Church, remonstrated with his young son for fighting a public school classmate who was Jewish. He said, “Son, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Don't you know that Jesus was a Jew?” “Father, I'm sorry,” McLean's son replied. “I know God is a Presbyterian, but I had no idea that Jesus was a Jew.” Honesty compels the author to confess that he has simply usurped the privilege of recounting Catholic stories. The author's favorite story in this category was told to him by a Catholic friend.

Keywords:   Lenoir, religious truth, Dr. Gus McLean, First Presbyterian Church, public school, Presbyterian

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