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Who is God and Other Unanswerable Questions

September 9th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

godOf course I should have gotten into trouble for this: I played Victor Lundberg’s scary paleo-Christian-warrior song in the living room yesterday, ostensibly so my wife could revel in its backwards glories. But the kids were also there, listening much more intently than either of their parents.

Dalia, of course, for whom the word “death” has the same arousing qualities that the word “elmo” does for normal kids, stopped at this lyric:

You ask me if God is dead
This is a question each individual must answer within himself

“Who is God and why is he dead?” she asked.

“Oof,” was my answer, I think. She was mistakenly thinking that God was a person. Yes, I know, my Christian friends–he was a person. And a God. And a ghost. But Dalia meant like, a neighbor. Someone who got sick and died.

The wife managed a half-laugh and said “We’ll talk about it later.”

Then, as happens from time to time when we try to blow off a big topic, we waited for a beat, sure that she would not be satisfied and that we would be forced to offer horribly inadequate and scarring explanations for why my grandmother is a minister of Christ and I am an near-atheist Jew. It would be the kind of mishandled conversation that turns innocent young children into poly-amorous Hare Krishnas later in life.

“Can we go to the park now?” she asked.

We exhaled. As we got her ready to go out, I offered a little thanks under my breath to my dark lord and master, Satan.


  1. Didactic Pirate says:

    September 9th, 2010at 8:26 pm(#)

    You never can tell when kids are going to latch on to a tough topic and make us talk about it… or get distracted by something shiny. That’s why, henever my daughter asks about God, or death, I usually respond to her question with: “Hey, look! There’s a unicorn made of candy over there!”

    Works like a charm. For now.

  2. Nathan says:

    September 9th, 2010at 11:51 pm(#)

    Would it ruin your comment to tell you that we actually are practicing candy-unicornitarians in our daily worship? They are our gods.

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