Thursday, September 29, 2011

"An Atheistical Companion"

For those descendants of the Red Sea pedestrians who are not partaking in today's proceedings in the ecclesiastical arena of your tribe of origin, I offer a companional, concise rationale for your counter-religional predilections.

It's a definition of religion from The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce. I hope it fills the spot that is filled for believers by the unquestioning surrender to a Higher Power.

Are you ready? Here goes.

Religion: A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.

So there you have it.

It is still not too late to get to the synagogue.


Zaraya said...

Dear Mr. Pomerantz; it's hard to escape the pull of "The Devil's Dictionary". Mr. Bierce certainly liked words.

ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.

ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.

Mac said...

As George Costanza put it when his shrink said she thought he didn't believe in God.

"I do for the bad stuff."