Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stricken

I really enjoy reading this interpretation of the Biblical stories of people being struck down by God.

Sometimes, people just fall over dead.

Nowadays we have very good explanations for why people fall over dead. Heart attacks, strokes, embolisms, aneurysms, hernia, infection, cancer. Sometimes, shit happens. Bodies are imperfect. Eventually they will all fail.

It wasn't that long ago that we really had no clue why people sometimes just fell down and died. And so I am sure that when someone fell over dead, it sure looked like an act of God. So they combed through the person's recent actions, and whatever "sins" they had committed were assigned as the causes.

How quaint, right?

Ahem.

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