Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularized. In 1846 Lear published A Book of Nonsense, a volume of limericks that went through three editions. In honor of Edward Lear’s 101st birthday on May 12, let’s look at some theological limericks, thanks to the Internet.
The God in receipt of our prayer,
Said a man by the name of Voltaire,
Would surely be missed,
If he did not exist,
We should have to invent him, so there!
Said God (who was feeling quite bored);
It’s nice to be simply adored,
But I find it quite weird,
That by some I am feared,
And by others completely ignored.
An atheist caused a sensation
By questioning god’s occupation
If god’s the first cause,
then let us give pause
To the cause of the cause of creation.
I have labored for long in confusion,
Can free will be just an illusion?
If each choice we make,
We are destined to take,
Is it fate I should draw this conclusion?
And here are two created for those at the UU Church in Fargo-Moorhead:
Our faith has got quite a large name
We’re UUs and not all the same,
Both Christian and pagan,
Heroes: Carls Gauss and Sagan,
And original sin we don’t claim.
UUs include faiths A to Z,
Create family, joy, and then glee,
Never shy from a fight
Standing up for what’s right
We struggle to both do and be.