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The Shrub, Maybe, in the Midst of the Garden

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Novelist Nicholson Baker said something like this yesterday on NPR:  “There’s a little shrub, with a botanical label on a sign in front of it, and he doesn’t have a problem with the shrub.  It’s the sign, and the label.”

How interesting, I thought.

What a good metaphor for the God discussion.

For some people it’s not the shrub, but the sign, and the label.

Some people think the wrong words are on the sign.

Others think there should be more than one label on the sign, acknowledging the many names by which this shrub is called around the world.

A few think that the sign itself is the problem, a distraction from the shrubness of the shrub.

And of course, some people say, “The garden has no shrub.”

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