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SomersetJohn's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by SomersetJohn

Usually I come out with some sarcastic suggestion like swearing unto Satan, or the FSM etc.

This time, I'm going to be a bit more serious. Since it seems natural for us poor humans to need to believe in something bigger than us, though not necessarily some deity, how about swearing by the biggest thing possible.

I swear by the Universe.......

This can be used by Atheists, Deists, Naturalists and pretty much anyone except possibly dyed in the wool Theists and maybe cultural relativists. It can be used with the same sincerity as a religious oath and, society allowing, be given the same recognition as a religious oath in courts, at least in civilised countries. (Yes, I am suggesting that theocracies and proto-theocracies are not civilised.)

If enough people use it maybe it will catch on.

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:39:51 UTC | #892342