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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, May 01, 2005
    Gods of yesterday and today
    "Today we have the god Gerrard, whose presence on the park delights his followers and whose absence makes them miserable for the whole of the following week;

    "Today we have the god Lotto, who promises us the earth but is very reluctant to share his gifts;

    "Today we have the god Nike, whose symbol, the swoosh, we wear on our clothes and footwear so we know other people think we look acceptable;

    "Today we have the god Viagra, who promises to increase our sexual potency and reduce our sexual anxiety;

    "And today we have the god Asda, a giant who provides all the food and drink we could ever need and whose priests are dressed in bright lime-coloured robes.

    "I think we are just like the ancient Greeks today. We fill our cities with altars to all sorts of gods, but there's still a small voice in our ears suggesting there's an unknown god around."

    - from today's sermon, Gods of yesterday and today. Well, I enjoyed it anyway.