Is it just me or do other people have trouble accepting compliments too? A very nice Episcopal priest stopped me after a funeral to express his feelings that my columns seem to suggest an understanding of the real meaning of Christianity that many who publicly profess it don’t have. Instead of graciously accepting his words, I did what I always do when complimented. I started babbling. In this case, I started babbling about being an atheist. In my head I was saying, “Shut up. Shut up.” But my mouth was just vomiting forth insane sentences and couldn’t be controlled. The last time I saw him, the priest was quickly backing away from me with a somewhat frightened look on his face.