October 29, 2001
"There's something I've always wanted to ask."
Yes, he replied carefully.
"You know that old line about if you speak to God, you're ok, but if God speaks to you, you're not?"
He hesitated, not sure where I might be going with this. "Yes," her said, dragging out the word.
"What about the person who decides he must be God, because every time her prays he finds he's talking to himself?"
His eyebrows shot straight up. "That's quite good. I'll have to remember than one. But, after all, it amounts to the same thing, doesn't it? Whether God talks to him or he thinks he's God and he's talking to himself. In both cases he's clearly delusional."
He shrugged. "Yes, of course,"
"That leaves us with an interesting problem, doesn't it? Either Moses lied when he claimed that God gave him the tablets with the Ten Commandments on them, or he was delusional, insane according to your diagnosis. The result of course is that the entire moral and legal framework of the western world either rests on a falsehood or is part of an insane delusion. Which do you think it is?"
[The context for this conversation can be found in The Judgment, p. 70ff.]
D. W. Buffa, a lawyer, is now writing novels with a legal premise.
This short excerpt is published under the provision of U.S. Code, Title 17, section 107.
The Judgment, D. W. Buffa, Warner Books, New York, 2001 ISBN 0-446-52737-8
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