Sunday, 31 January 2010

Fewtril no.274

There has been raised a horde of men, if so honorific a title may still be retained for them, who cry out “sky-fairy!” whenever they hear the word “God”, rather as Ivan Pavlov’s dogs salivated whenever they heard bells and whistles, albeit with a crucial difference: the dogs could not be inculcated to fancy that in their mindless reflexes they were on the side of reason.

8 comments:

Recusant said...

As Marilynne Robinson said:
”that famous western rationalism, old enemy of reasonableness, always so right at the time, always so shocking in retrospect”...

Anonymous said...

"Sky-pixy" (or "pixie")seems to be popular lately.

dearieme said...

What is "god" to not believe in?

Felix said...

they have started referring to themselves as "brights"

I suggest "smugs" is more appropriate

James Higham said...

Yes, nicely put.

Larry Teabag said...

Better to be smug and insufferable than to burn people at the stake.

Deogolwulf said...

Have you turned to parody, Mr Teabag?

rkirk said...

Better to burn people at the stake than to send them to a gulag.
A cheap, stupid shot, yes, but no more so than Larry's comment.