Questionable Motives

December 29, 2009

The Rabbit is the unanswerable question, don’t you see?

Filed under: Argument,Atheism,belief,Criticism,Entertainment,Faith,Humour,Religion — tildeb @ 8:05 pm

There is a brilliant satire over at Exquisite With Love regarding a nonsensical religious article that really pissed off the blog’s author, Miranda Celeste Hale. She writes:

Saturday’s edition of The Guardian’s Comment is free ran a piece by Mark Vernon, called “God is the question: What does it mean to accept that God is not the answer to anything, but remains the unanswerable question?” I have zero patience for this kind of rambly, meaningless, intentional obscurantism, this “God is an unknowable mystery that cannot be touched by reason or intellect and that cannot be put into words” ridiculousness espoused by this author, among others. It’s completely nonsensical word salad. It’s a bunch of empty, vague rationalizations for belief in God disguised in language that is intended to seem deep and profound.

Ouch! She continues:

This type of theologicalbabble also displays these authors’ willful ignorance about the God that most religious individuals believe in and about the horrible actions some believers engage in because of their blind religious faith. The average believer does not perceive God in the way that these authors do, a fact that the authors conveniently avoid acknowledging. By refusing to acknowledge this, they are both protecting themselves from being seen as “just a common believer” and pretending to be blind to the negative consequences of unquestioned religious belief. This type of writing is vacuous, hollow, dishonest, and willfully misleading.

She’s getting up a head of steam here, and rightly so.

So what is a person with a blog to do?

Well, she decided to rewrite the piece using the same argument but rather than use the word God, she substituted The Rabbit as the unknowable mystery to see what kind of sense we can make of it. The results are amusing to say the least.

Because it just so happens that I am a militant and strident arabbitist as well as an atheist, I had to keep reading:

You see, true enlightenment will only come when all of humanity realizes that even though The Rabbit is sometimes the answer, if and only if, in being the answer, he remains completely unknowable, there really is no answer, or, in other words, the answer is the question: “what”? Life is full of mysteries and is revealed to us as a beautifully enigmatic and puzzling question, one that cannot and will not ever be solved. So, too, The Rabbit.

Finally, a sensible answer to the question… I mean, the right question to the wrong answer… I mean, well, something profound, I’m almost sure…

Tell me, is there anything as clear or as simple as that?

Other than quantum mechanics, I don’t think so.

My strongest hope is that humanity will start to try to understand The Rabbit, He who is something so deep and so profound that we cannot possibly even begin to understand Him. Truly, that will be a blessed day indeed.

Blessed indeed. I am so close to being converted.

Make up your own mind with the entire piece here.


  1. Thanks for sharing my rabbity satire 🙂 I love this post!

    Comment by Miranda Celeste Hale — December 30, 2009 @ 4:20 am | Reply

  2. The pleasure has been all mine. Thanks for expressing yourself, MCH; your writing is delightful.

    Comment by tildeb — December 30, 2009 @ 4:58 am | Reply

  3. I wiked the awticle too…where is that siwwy wabbit!!!

    Comment by Mark Flear — December 31, 2009 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  4. Very intellectual

    Comment by 4amzgkids — January 1, 2010 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

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