Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Beer is Proof that God Loves Us...

A recent study shows beer better than water after exercise.

This is a good time to set the record straight. Benjamin Franklin did not, as is so frequently asserted, say "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Anyone who has read his Autobiography knows that Dr. Franlin had a low regard for beer and beer-drinkers.

Dr. Franklin was, however, a wine drinker, and he wrote--
We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it. --Letter to Abbé Morellet (1779)

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