Why did God, the Magician of magicians, wait so long until Mary was around to – immaculately – impregnate her with the Lord Jesus by way of some light rays?


Carlo Crivelli

Why not immediately perform his grand trick with the assistance of the very first woman he created – paradisiacal Eve? Perhaps, because at the time it would have been less of a miracle, as there were not many people around who could doubt it?

In the end, doubt is the Achilles heel of all faith, something the believer has to account for.

At the time Adam had only lost one rib and as far as God’s snake was concerned, the good man did not have a clue. In his post-lapsarian condition he could have cheerfully lived with Eve and her son. I bet, he would have thought it was his child. Like he dutifully tamed the wild animals, he might very well have kept the megalomania of his son in check.

It seems to me that God needed a bunch of creatures in order to transform his whole act into a mystery. What, after all, is religion without its mysteries?

This is how it must have happened. My suggestion, though, might have spared mankind a lot of trouble.

La Roche 08/04/16


Author: rjsiersk

Sierksma was born in Friesland, a 'county' in the northern part of the Netherlands with its own language which he does not speak and with an obstinate population to which he both belongs and does not belong. A retired Professor of Social Philosophy and Aesthetics, as a Harkness fellow he taught at Rutgers and Berkeley Universities in the USA, and at GUAmsterdam and TUDelft in the Netherlands. In 1991 he was awarded his PhD from Leiden University on the subject of 'Surveillance and Task: Labour Discipline between Utilitarianism and Pragmatism'. His books include Minima Memoria (1993), Lost View (2002 with Jan van Geest), and Litter Scent (2013). He has published poems and articles in Te Elfder Ure, Nynade, Oasis and the Architectural Annual. Half the year he lives in Haarlem, the other half he spends in la France Profonde, living ‘in his own words’ as the house out there was bought with the winnings from his essay Eternal Sin, written for the ECI Essay Prize (1993). In this blog, Sierksma's Sequences, written in English, he is peeping round his own and other people’s perspectives. Not easily satisfied with answers nor with questions, he turns his wry wit to a number of philosophical and historical issues. His aim in writing: to make parts of the world light up in his perspective - not my will, thine! Not being a thief, he has no cook, one wife, some children, one lover and three cats.

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