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6 February 2013
“When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?’”
Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), British writer, illustrator, actor and artist’s model.
Readers unfamiliar with the history of Northern Ireland, which is the only part of Ireland still subject to the British Crown, should be aware that most of the inhabitants of the province are divided by religion into two communities – Catholics and Protestants – each professing a competing version of Christianity. Simmering antagonism between the two communities has often erupted into open conflict. Factional discord of this kind, of course, is not unique to the Christian religion. One thinks, for instance, of the Sunni and Shia versions of Islam.
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
4. Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
5.Ladder (21 June 2012)
6. A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
7. A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.