Great Quip

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I read a little comment recently that the watchdog group Freedom From Religion is “like a fish starting Freedom From Water.”

To stretch the simile a bit and take it in a direction probably unintended by the original author, fish don’t just live in an environment full of water; water is inside them at all times.

In other words, everyone is religious—if I can take sense 2 of religion from the New Oxford American Dictionary:

“A particular system of faith and worship: the world’s great religions.”

Everyone has a particular system of faith and worship, atheists included. You either believe and worship the one true God or a collection of idols you have chosen to replace Him (Rom 1:18ff). Everyone believes things he can’t prove except with circularity. Everyone makes something or someone his ultimate basis for belief.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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