“We live on a crust of earth”



William James, an American philosopher, once gave a lecture on cosmology. Afterward, “a little old lady” said that his theory about the solar system was wrong. Instead, she asserted, “We live on a crust of earth which is on the back of a giant turtle.”

James responded, “What does this turtle stand on?”

“You’re a very clever man, Mr. James,” she replied, “but the first turtle stands on the back of a second, larger turtle.”

“But what does this second turtle stand on?” persisted James.

The little old lady crowed triumphantly, “It’s no use, Mr. James—it’s turtles all the way down.



Excerpted from the “Explore God” article/blog