Shakespeare On Protest

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the queen says, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Some commonly misquote this as "methinks you doth protest too much." The point Shakespeare was making is a great insight into the human condition - the bigger the protest, the more you know you struck a nerve!One of the most powerful proofs to the legitimacy of my faith in college (when I was wrestling over its veracity in my life) was the fierceness, and scale of the protest against Christ in every class I took. There was always the "Here's why I hate the bible, Jesus and Christians" in every class whether it was a sociology class, or a random elective. Every class had that here-comes-the-anti-Jesus-monologue moment. It led me to think "you doth protest too much, methinks." I thought, "There must be something very real about to make very smart people this impassioned in their protest against it. If it's really 'nothing,' and 'stupid,' as they say with such passion, then they wouldn't need to say another word. But since they keep going on and on about it with such intense passion, it makes me think there's more to it than even I ever imagined."