[Ads-l] Quote: "God is so powerful...."

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 5 11:38:57 EST 2017


The Yale Book of Quotations has the following:


It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.

Peter De Vries, Mackerel Plaza ch. 1 (1958)


Fred Shapiro




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Subject: Quote: "God is so powerful...."

Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - I came across a memorable
line that went something like this:

"God is so powerful, he doesn't even have to exist to change our lives."

This site suggests that it, or something like it, appears in Carl Sagan's
_Contact_:

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Just a quick note to say that The Atlantic has a review by Jason Bailey of the new Robert Zemeckis film, "Flight". Called "The big lie of 'flight': Miracles land plane...




Since I haven't read _Contact_, and only dimly recall the movie, I doubt
that's where I encountered it, though the time-frame is plausible.

Garson?

JL


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"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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