“To me God does not yet exist . . .
“The current theory that God already exists in perfection involves the belief that God deliberately created something lower than Himself when He might just as easily have created something equally perfect. That is a horrible belief . . .
“You said that my manner in (Man and Superman) was not serious enough–that I made people laugh in my most earnest moments. But why should I not? Why should humor and laughter be excommunicated? Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?”
–George Bernard Shaw to Count Leo Tolstoy, February 14, 1910