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Description: Have You Religious Appendicitis PainsDate: January 22 1911
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6
Have You Religious Appendicitis Pains
Dean Mathews, of University of Chicago Divinity School, Declares Surgery is Sure Cure
By Associated Press
Chicago, Jan. 21 – “If you have religious appendicitis,” the only cure for it is surgery, according to Dean Shailer Mathews, of the University of Chicago divinity school. Here are the symptoms of the new, or newly discovered disease, as described by Prof. Mathews in the January number of the American Journal of Theology under the title “The Evolution of Religion.”
“Knocking on wood three times after you have congratulated yourself.
“Refusing to be one of a party of thirteen at a table.
“Throwing rice at a wedding.
“Regarding a mascot as a desirable adjunct to a baseball team.
“All these simple-minded practices which presumably intelligent religious people practice are the survivals of some ancient religious customs of our faraway ancestors,” Dean Mathews says.
“In fact, a superstition may fairly be described as a vestige of some element of religious experience which has come over from a stage in which it was essential to a religion. One might almost say that to be superstitious is to suffer religious appendicitis. There is no cure for it but surgery.”