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The Atheist and little girl

This is a great story. Recently, a priest in his sermon said the next time someone says they do not believe in God to pose the following: “Describe this God you do not believe in.” He said once the description is complete it is likely we can say: “That is not the God I believe in either.” I find it difficult to describe God, because God is not within my realm of understanding or explanation. It does not mean God does not exist. It just means I am not very expert in some things.

Bright, shiny objects!

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly.

“Okay,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by the…

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

8 responses »

  1. I’ve read various versions of “the little girl on the plane” – cute.

  2. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    What a great story.

  3. Perhaps there are as many G/gods as there are individuals.

    • Thank you for a provocative comment Brent. It is a motif in the book The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Those things we can explain easily and with comfort probably are not real Gods or god-like.


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