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The Devil’s Dictionary

By Cris

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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