In The Matter Of “Acts Of God”

“Acts of God” is a legal term that applies to things beyond human control such as floods, meteor hits, et. al. Insurance companies use this definition to excuse themselves from paying for certain types of damages they claim is not covered by their policies.

Fine. I understand that. But…

There are religious institutions of various faiths that claim to be God’s representative on earth. This is not just their reason for existence, it’s the financial basis of that existence.

So the question becomes: If you represent God on earth, aren’t you responsible for damages He causes that are not covered by private or government insurance? And do we have here an entirely new and exciting field of litigious jurisprudence?

Questions of comparable importance are considered in Michael Silverstein’s novel, The Bellman’s Revenge, the twin themes of which are toilet seat-borne venereal disease and excessive parking ticketing — available now from Amazon.