If chance be the Father of all flesh

30 Aug

Speaking of creeds, I came across this poem by Steve Turner, which is a great satire on our pluralistic culture (Thanks Ravi!). Check out the post script at the bottom…what a great thought on the futility of chance. According to Wikipedia, “Steve Turner is an English music journalist, biographer and poet. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, and The Times. He resides in London with his wife and two children. He has been writing poetry since the 1970s.”

by Steve Turner

This is the creed I have written on behalf of all us.

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy is OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything is getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated
And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in
horoscopes, UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man
just like Buddha, Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher
although we think His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same–
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.
We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.

“Chance” a post-script

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear
State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!
It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.

More Steve Turner Poems here:


Posted by on August 30, 2006 in Theology


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3 responses to “If chance be the Father of all flesh

  1. Ron Vreeland

    March 7, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I have heard Ravi use this before a few times and was curious…wanted to look it up. I found your site…the strange thing is that my name is Ron Vreeland.

    ron vreeland at gmail dot com.

  2. Dave

    June 12, 2010 at 3:12 am

    This is awesome! Thanks for posting it. I, too, heard it from RZIM

  3. Jonah

    October 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for putting this up. Heard it a few times from Ravi Zacharias as well. Another site has this but not the post-script.


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