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September 26, 2006

All We Have Gained by Our Unbelief

This from Robert Browning's poem, "Bishop Blugram's Apology." The Bishop is holding forth before a skeptical journalist:

All we have gained then by our unbelief
Is a life of doubt diversified by faith,
For one of faith diversified by doubt:
We called the chess-board white,--we call it black.

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at September 26, 2006 8:16 AM


I'm going to be boringly literal and respond that I have gained a great deal from unbelief, principally, liberation from the fear of invisible, irrational forces controlling my life. My happiness, my success in life etc. are my own responsibility, and praying to an old man in the sky won't make any difference. No doubt some people find that a frightening prospect. I find it liberating and empowering.

Posted by: No More Mr. Nice Guy! at September 27, 2006 12:16 AM

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