The Devil’s Dictionary

In The Devil’s Dictionary (online), great American cynic and writer Ambrose Bierce offers definitions that disrupts common understandings and received wisdoms. Every few years or so, I find it salutary to do a letter a month.

In “R” we find: RELIGION, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.”

For those not familiar with Bierce, this celebratory review of his Library of America canonization is a nice introduction.

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