Rabbit is the question

Miranda Celeste Hale, an English professor and an atheist, has started a new website, Exquisite With Love, that deserves your attention.  Take a look, for example, at her latest post, “Rabbit is the Question,” a great satire of a truly dreadful piece of theologizing, “God is the Question,” written by Mark Vernon in this week’s Guardian.


  1. Insightful Ape
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I strongly object.
    The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the question.

  2. Norm
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    The Rabbit is dead.

  3. Posted December 29, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Thank you SO much for the kind words and for recommending my blog, Jerry. I’m very grateful.

    I hadn’t heard of Mark Vernon before I came across that piece. Oh, how I long for those halcyon days, as I’ve now read a few of his other pieces and, sweet bejesus, they’re even more awful and clueless than you’d expect, and that’s saying a lot:





    • Posted December 30, 2009 at 6:38 am | Permalink

      Your article is pure satire win. I linked it over on our site, too.

      • Posted December 30, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

        Thank you so much! It was my first attempt at satire, and I was rather nervous about it, so I’m quite relieved that it has been generally well-received.

  4. Yakaru
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Nonstampcollector’s take is also pretty succinct!

    “The thing that made the things for which there is no known maker.”

    • Tim Harris
      Posted December 30, 2009 at 2:47 am | Permalink

      The ‘thoughts’ expressed by the pair in that little animated film remind me irresistibly of the theologian Keith Ward in his pathetic attempt to take Dawkins down a peg. And also, of course, of the Ineffable Eagleton, from whose wafflings the Venerable Vernon seems to have learned.

  5. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted December 31, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Vernon version:

    Q: What is the Rabbit?
    A: What is the Rabbit?

    Matrix version:

    Q: What is the Rabbit?
    A: I’ll take the red Rabbit.

    Shakespeare version:

    Q: What is, or is not the Rabbit, that is the question?
    A: … With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action. – Soft you now!
    The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
    Be all my Rabbits remember’d.

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