Allow a short indulgence for some background before I get to the absurd point of this post...
Last Wednesday, Amy and I were at a church small group gathering in the home of some friends. We're unofficially helping to lead a group for people with questions about faith, life, and Christ. For example, the previous week, we spent most of our time on the big questions "What about people who never get a chance to hear about Jesus?" and "Does God know the future?". Building on the whole knowing the future angle, this past week we spent most of the time talking about prayer, if prayer works, if God changes His mind, and stuff like that.
I say "most of the time" because somewhere down the line, we started talking about animals, which led to talking about different animals around the world, which led to grizzly bears. And the big question was "Who would win in a fight between a grizzly bear and a lion?"
Tonight, Amy and I rented "Grizzly Man," a documentary about Timothy Treadwell who spent thirteen summers living in the Alaskan wilderness with grizzly bears. I had heard his story on NPR a few years back in the States and still had grizzly bears in the back of my mind. Secretly, I was hoping that Treadwell had taped a bear fighting a lion. He didn't. But you should still check out the movie, which has more to do with a troubled soul searching for purpose than bears. There is at least one good bear fight, though.
Anyway, since the movie didn't answer my question, I'm turning to you, the dear faithful readers of this blog. Full grown grizzly bear versus a full grown lion... who would win?