The Word Processed

In my mind’s eye I can nearly see Saint John trying to use a computer (the New Logos Processor) to write his Gospel. The machine is up now; John marks his margins and begins.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word …

[Delete “word”—used once in previous phrase. Use “sentence unit” and trip change key. The next eight verses contain repetitions. Go to verse 14.]

In the beginning was the Word, and the sentence unit was made flesh …

[Delete “flesh” change to “protoplasm,” trip change key.]

In the beginning was the Word, and the sentence unit was made protoplasm and dwelt among us, (and we beheld …

[Delete “beheld,” change to “scoped out,” trip change key.]

In the beginning was the Word, and the sentence unit was made protoplasm, and dwelt among us, (and we scoped out his glory …

[BEEP! Does not compute. What is glory? See the cross-merge file. Substitute “indescribable wow.” Depress total construct key.]

In the beginning was the Word, and the sentence unit was made protoplasm and dwelt among us, (and we scoped out his indescribable wow, full of grace and truth …

[BEEP! “Grace” and “truth” are abstract and noncorrelative—activate synonym sync file. Then insert verse 10.]

In the beginning was the Word, and the sentence unit was made protoplasm and dwelt among us, (and we scoped out his indescribable wow, full of undeserved appreciation and integrated trust). He was in the world …

[BEEP! BEEP! Be explicit. Say which world; type “Sagan” on left keyboard and read display monitor.]

In the beginning was the Word, and the sentence unit was made protoplasm, and dwelt among us, (and we scoped out his indescribable wow, full of undeserved appreciation and integrated trust). He was on the third planet out from the sun, which was ...

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