Cloven hoof: (n) a divided hoof ascribed to the Devil
I refer to it as “descending theology.”
It begins with a plausible notion and ends in the deepest dumpster of superstition. Let me give you an example:
There is a Creator who made the Universe.
Now, you may not agree with this, but at least the concept itself has some plausibility. In other words, if there were an eternal force, this
Unit would be able to hatch a Universe.
Yet from that point on come descending assertions, affirmations and doctrines about this Creative Force. For instance:
He had a son.
He decided to kill his son on a cross.
He believes in witches.
He had little children murdered because they laughed at a prophet.
You see what I mean? Whereas the original idea may have been feasible, when more and more tales of the bizarre are added, the theology descends into the graveyard of Mount Olympus.
Let me try another one:
There is evil in the world. (All right, I’m with you)
That evil appears to be organized. (Sometimes certainly feels that way.)
The mob boss of evil is named Satan. (You’re losing me…)
Satan is not really human or angelic, but rather, a creature. (Okay. I’m backing out of the room.)
Word has it, he walks on cloven hoofs. (Now I’ve turned and I’m running away very fast.)
If we were able to believe in God without the deterioration of descending theology, which turns everything into R-rated nursery rhymes, we might be able to take the better nature of our Deity and find it inside ourselves–and love one another.