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    Mark Twain: Can we give this satirist a religious label? Atheist, Deist, agnostic, . . . or Gnostic?
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2002
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      Mark Twain: Can we give this satirist a religious
      label? Atheist, Deist, agnostic, . . . or
      Gnostic?<br><br><a href=http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/mark_twain/index.shtml target=new>http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/mark_twain/index.shtml</a>
      <br><a href=http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/twainlfe.htm target=new>http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/twainlfe.htm</a> <br><br>Quote from Letter III (_Letters from the
      Earth_) ~ <br>�During the Six Days, God created man and
      the other animals.<br> <br>He made a man and a woman
      and placed them in a pleasant garden, along with the
      other creatures. they all lived together there in
      harmony and contentment and blooming youth for some time;
      then trouble came. God had warned the man and the
      woman that they must not eat of the fruit of a certain
      tree. And he added a most strange remark: he said that
      if they ate of it they should surely die. Strange,
      for the reason that inasmuch as they had never seen a
      sample death they could not possibly know what he meant.
      Neither would he nor any other god have been able to make
      those ignorant children understand what was meant,
      without furnishing a sample. The mere word could have no
      meaning for them, any more than it would have for an
      infant of days.<br> <br>Presently a serpent sought them
      out privately, and came to them walking upright,
      which was the way of serpents in those days. The
      serpent said the forbidden fruit would store their vacant
      minds with knowledge. So they ate it, which was quite
      natural, for man is so made that he eagerly wants to know;
      whereas the priest, like God, whose imitator and
      representative he is, has made it his business from the
      beginning to keep him from knowing any useful thing.�<br>
      <br>Quote from Letter VI~ <br>�It is most difficult to
      understand the disposition of the Bible God, it is such a
      confusion of contradictions; of watery instabilities and
      iron firmness; of goody-goody abstract morals made out
      of words, and concreted hell-born ones made out of
      acts; of fleeting kindness repented of in permanent
      malignities.<br> <br>However, when after much puzzling you get at
      the key to his disposition, you do at last arrive at
      a sort of understanding of it. With a most quaint
      and juvenile and astonishing frankness he has
      furnished that key himself. It is jealousy!�
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