Christians have no trouble dismissing Shirley MacLaine's hokum, but they seem completely blind to the thinness of the claims for Christianity.
Let's see how well they compare:
- Jesus (supposedly) claimed to fulfill the historic prophesy of the Hebrews.
- MacLaine's website points to the writings of known historical figures, and these people supposedly back up her claims. Unlike Jesus' prophets, MacLaine's list of luminaries includes people from various epochs, cultures, and walks of life. (Though, strangely, none of them was one of her prior selves)
- Jesus' exploits are written down in four books called "The Gospels," which were most likely written 60-100 years after his death/resurrection.
- Shirley MacLaine wrote eight books about herself (herselves?), and a few other people have written about her. She's also been interviewed dozens of times, and she wrote her own biography for her site. In fact, it's hard to shut her up. So she's much better documented than Jesus.
- The Bible gives us rules to live by, and guidance for everyday decisions. Shirley MacLaine's website includes a daily horoscope, which is much more specific and useful.
- Christianity gives its adherents a community for mutual support.
- Shirley MacLaine's community includes a forum, a chat room, and an e-mail newsletter. You don't have to dress up on Sunday morning, just log on and chat in your jammies.
- Jesus Christ rose on the third day and he lives in the souls of Christians.
- Shirley MacLaine is alive today, and judging by the number of times she's been reincarnated, is likely to be reincarnated again, though three days might be a little fast.
- Christ spent 40 days in "the wilderness."
- Shirley MacLaine went on the pilgrimmage to Santiago. It took her 30 days. A pretty long time considering she was twice the age Jesus was when he went camping.
- Christians, on the whole, are pretty nice people, because they fear going to Hell and hope to go to Heaven.
- People who believe in reincarnation tend to be pretty nice people, because they fear returning as cockroaches or meth heads, and hope to return as Shirley MacLaine.
- Jesus said (supposedly) "I am the way, the truth, and the light."
- Shirley said "I'm a Taurus."
- Jesus has inspired miraculous conversions, including Paul's conversion.
- Christians can persuade God to heal them through prayer, and really popular Christians can get prayed for in prayer circles.
- Shirley's forum has a "Healing Circle" section where people can put in requests for "healing energy."
- Christianity must be valid, because so many people believe in it.
- Shirley MacLaine's books have sold millions of copies, and her website is popular.
Well? I think Shirleyism has just as much claim as Christianity for the souls of humanity. How about you?