A: On the one hand, you despise anthropomorphism and heap scorn upon the masses who believe monkeys to be the sine qua non of creation.
B: That’s right.
A: And you hold most of religion to be fairy tales foisted upon the gullible to placate the ignorant and succor the fearful and to keep charlatans in positions of power.
B: Succinctly put.
A: And you believe what most call God to be a projection of the human psyche, a defense mechanism against an indifferent and callous universe.
B: On the one hand.
A: And on the other, you believe God to be a metaphor, a way to express —
B: or reify —
A: Our most noble impulses. You use the term “God” as a Buddhist uses a finger pointing at the moon.
B: I’m no Zen master.
A: Yet God is your koan.
B: Again, well put. I grant all of your observations and summations.
A: You are generous.
B: And you are kind.
A: But how can you square the circle? How can you hold, on the one hand, religion to be bogus and God as projection and defense mechanism —
B: In the one hand —
A: And in the other God as metaphor and ineffable expression of all that is noble and good within us?
B: Do I contradict myself?
A: You drape yourself in dichotomies.
B: I am huge. I contain multitudes.
A: And you employ literary references as some wear armor.
B: The pen is mightier than the sword.
A: And your tongue sharper than any blade.